New Connellsville mayor, councilmen, controller take oaths of office
By Mark Hofmann
Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7:36 p.m.
Connellsville's new mayor, an incumbent city councilman, a new city councilman and a new city controller took their oaths of office during Monday's reorganization meeting at city hall.
Mayor Gregory Lincoln took the oath of office with his son, Gregory, 9, by his side. He used the Bible his father, former state Sen. William Lincoln, used when he took the oath for state office.
Swearing Lincoln in was Fayette County Judge Linda Cordaro of Connellsville, who recently took her seat on the bench in Fayette County. Cordaro gave the oath of office to newly elected City Councilman Aaron Zolbrod, re-elected - City Councilman Tom Karpiak and newly elected City Controller Blaine Brooks.
Council members Brad Geyer, Greg Ritch and Karpiak welcomed the Lincoln, Zolbrod and Brooks to council. They shared optimism for the city.
“There's a sense of hope in the city,” Zolbrod said, who thanked the voters that brought him and Lincoln into office.
Zolbrod said there will be challenges ahead with turning the city's finances around but he said much of the city's success is going to take a community effort. He said he was pleased that residents were coming to him with ideas and he welcomed any continued ideas from residents.
“Come to the meetings,” Lincoln said. He stressed it was important for more people to get involved in what is happening in the city.
Geyer said he's excited to see what the upcoming years will bring. Karpiak said the new council has a good feel and Ritch said he believes the council is off to a good start.
During the reorganization meeting, Geyer was reappointed director of accounts and finance; Ritch held his position of director of parks and public property; Karpiak retained his position as director of public works; and Zolbrod was named director of public health and safety. Geyer was reappointed the city's delegate to the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau, and City Treasurer Judy Keller as named an alternate.
Regular council meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at city hall on the following dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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