Suffolk mayor and council members sworn in
SUFFOLK, Jan 02, 2013 (The Virginian-Pilot - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Vowing to work together to keep the city moving, a reelected mayor and councilman and two new council members were sworn in today for four-year terms.
"In truth, we have a very, very well-run city," Mayor Linda Johnson said after taking the oath for a second term as the city's first elected mayor.
Also sworn in were longtime Councilman Curtis Milteer and newcomers Lue R. Ward and Roger W. Fawcett.
"In uncertain times of almost record unemployment, we're so fortunate that we continue to add new jobs ...and millions of dollars in new investment--all of which adds to the quality of life for our citizens," Johnson said.
She credited the teamwork of the council, department heads and city employees and singled out City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn for special praise.
The manager, Johnson said, "stood tall amongst us all...There is no denying that this city is where it is today much because of her dedication and determination to carry out the city council's policies."
Johnson said her "number one goal" for the next four years "is to bring more jobs to Suffolk. We will continue to expand our efforts to diversify our economy, stimulate small businesses and enhance our available workforce...Every single citizen should have the ability to have a job."
"We have to be one city," Johnson said. "Not North Suffolk, not old Suffolk, not downtown, not a single borough, not a village--one city, combined and working for all."
Newcomer Ward, elected in the newly redrawn Nansemond Borough, also sounded a note of unity.
"In the last couple years I was involved in different issues with the city manager and the mayor and the rest of the council members," said Ward who, as head of the local NAACP, battled the city over redistricting.
"That's all aside," Ward said. "They welcomed me in as councilman-elect, and I really appreciate that."
Fawcett, elected to an open seat in Sleepy Hole, thanked his family "and all who supported me" in the election.
"I assure you I will not disappoint you," Fawcett said. "I will be my own person and speak my own mind."
Milteer, elected to a ninth term in the Whaleyville Borough, said the city "is on a good track, and I want that to continue."
In its first official act, the new council reelected Councilman Charles Brown to a second term as vice mayor.
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