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Swearing-in ceremony scheduled for newly elected Gainesville mayor, city commissioners

Press release from City of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The swearing-in ceremony for Gainesville Mayor-elect Harvey Ward and Commissioners-elect Ed Book, Bryan Eastman, and Casey Willits is scheduled for the morning of the first Gainesville City Commission meeting of 2023.

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5

Where: The Historic Thomas Center Gardens, 302 NE 6th Ave.

The Honorable Denise R. Ferrero will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Ward. The Honorable Walter M. Green will swear in Commissioner-elect Book. The Honorable Gloria R. Walker will administer the oath to Commissioner-elect Eastman and Commissioner-elect Willits.

Members of the commission are elected to 4-year terms. In runoff contests during the Nov. 8 General Election, voters throughout the City’s four districts elected Harvey Ward; voters in District 2 elected Ed Book; and voters in District 3 elected Casey Willits. Bryan Eastman was elected by a majority of voters in District 4 during the Aug. 23 Primary Election.

The swearing-in ceremony is open to the public and will be recorded; the video will be made available on the City’s website and archived online.

The Gainesville City Commission meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at City Hall (instead of its regular start time) and will be broadcast on Community 12TV. It also will be livestreamed on Facebook and the City’s website and archived online.

  • Much rather it be referred to as the “Don’t Let the Door Hit You In Your Ass” ceremony for those worthless individuals leaving.
    Would say the incoming have big shoes to fill but they really don’t. Lot’s of food to put on the plate for ‘Ole Lard Ass Ward though. I’m sure they’ll find a way to bilk the taxpayers for his time at the trough in due time.

    Notice the city’s highly uneducated bunch elected to keep feeding Harvey “Two Face.” That’s all needs to be said about that.

  • The less “pageantry” the better. Get to work undoing the mess created by the former mayor and commissioners, hire new people, and earn your overly-inflated salaries. Saco needs to either come back to work or quit.

  • First line of business. Fire Saco.
    She walked off her job two months ago because she berated a local citizen as well as her fellow commissioners and got her feelings hurt.

  • Having Ed Book in this mix is a good thing. He is a big step in the right direction away from the liberal blue stains.

  • Will the swearing in text be printed in gender neutral language? Constitution too? 🤣

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