Home Editor's Picks Mayor, 3 new councilmembers sworn in with pomp and circumstance

Mayor, 3 new councilmembers sworn in with pomp and circumstance

349
0
Mesa's 39th Mayor Scott Smith, left, congratulates Mesa's 40th Mayor John Giles on Jan. 12. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

It was a big night for Mesa government Jan. 12 as three new councilmembers and Mayor John Giles were officially sworn in at a celebration that took over the Mesa Arts Center in downtown.

District 1 Councilmember Mark Freeman is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
District 1 Councilmember Mark Freeman is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

District 1 Councilmember Mark Freeman, District 2 Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker, District 3 Councilmember Ryan Winkle and Mayor Giles were all sworn in by family members after diverse performances by talented Mesa natives.

“I’ve never been to a swearing-in ceremony, but this rocked,” Freeman said, thanking his wife and those friends and family who worked on his election campaign. “There will be a learning curve, but we have some work to do and I’m ready.”

District 2 Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
District 2 Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

Whittaker told District 2 voters that he was “truly humbled you selected me to represent you.”

He also thanked his mother for being his “rock throughout life” and his wife for “always being by my side and truly supportive.”

Winkle thanked his predecessor, outgoing Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, “for his help in making this transition as easy as possible.”

“Let’s continue to create better adults,” Winkle said.

This is the first time Giles has been elected to a full term as mayor. He was elected to finish out the term of former Mayor Scott Smith for the past two years.

District 3 Councilmember Ryan Winkle is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
District 3 Councilmember Ryan Winkle is sworn in by his mother Jan. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

“What a cool city we are is oozing from this event,” Giles, the 40th mayor of Mesa, said. “We need to focus on the future of our community and since I’ve had a two-year running start on being mayor, I’ve learned a lot…and I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been to serve our city.”

Giles said he’s committed “to making measurable growth in our city” and “focus on education.”

Mesa Mayor John Giles was sworn in to his first full term in office Jan. 12 by his children. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Mesa Mayor John Giles was sworn in to his first full term in office Jan. 12 by his children. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Mesa Police and Mesa Fire and Medical Departments Honor Guards kicked of the Jan. 12 swearing-in celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Mesa Police and Mesa Fire and Medical Departments Honor Guards kicked off the Jan. 12 swearing-in celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Nhat Tam Buddhist Youth Association performs the Vietnamese Lion Dance Jan. 12 at the swearing-in celebration. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Nhat Tam Buddhist Youth Association performs the Vietnamese Lion Dance Jan. 12 at the swearing-in celebration. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Abaka Foundation performs "We Art the World" Jan. 12 at the swearing-in celebration. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Abaka Foundation performs “We Art the World” Jan. 12 at the swearing-in celebration. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Mesa Public Schools Harp Ensemble kicked of the Jan. 12 swearing-in celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
The Mesa Public Schools Harp Ensemble kicked off the Jan. 12 swearing-in celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.