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Mayor, new council members sworn in

Mary Hinds • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Judge Jim Flood swore in newly elected members of the Lebanon City Council and re-elected Mayor Philip Craighead at a ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

"We appreciate everyone coming out and joining us and everyone's support over the next four years," Craighead told the audience before the ceremony. "The new council members will be very open to listening to you."

He said serving councilors Rob Cesternino and Joe Hayes were in attendance, along with outgoing council member Haywood Barry.

The newly elected council members, Lanny Jewell of Ward 1, Fred Burton Sr. of Ward 2 and Robert "Tick" Bryan of Ward 5 came forward one at a time with their families to take their oath to do their best for the city of Lebanon and to uphold the law.

Jewell was accompanied by his parents, and after the oath, told the crowd he would be glad to speak to everyone after the ceremony.

 Burton. took his oath, saying it wasn't his first go-around to be sworn into office.

"This is my fifth time around," he said. " I though I would give it one more spin."

Bryan came forward with his granddaughter, Harylnn, in his arms.

"I appreciate everyone coming out tonight," Bryan said.

Craighead came forward to take his oath as well. He was surrounded by his wife, mother, children and three grandchildren.

"There's nothing like grandchildren is there Tick?" he asked. "I'm excited about the coming four years."

Craighead took the oath of office, then paused to say a few words about the city.

"We have a great community," he told the audience. "Just go down the sidewalk any weekend, and you'll see what I mean."

The mayor then asked the crowd to acknowledge his hard-working assistant, Debbie Jessen.

"I couldn't do it without her," he said.

Craighead then asked everyone in the audience who works for the city to stand and be recognized as well. He noted Cesternino in the crowd.

"Rob, we didn't have cookies when you were sworn in, so come get a cookie," he said with a laugh.

With that, the audience and council members past and present came forward to have refreshments and share a few laughs.

The city council will get back to work at the next regularly called meeting Jan. 13.

Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com.

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