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New Connellsville mayor, councilmen, controller take oaths of office

| Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7:36 p.m.
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Connellsville City Council held its first meeting of 2014 on Monday evening, January 6, 2014. The newly elected and re-elected members stood for an invocation prior to the beginning of the meeting. The council consists of (from left) Greg Ritch, Tom Karpiak, City Clerk Toni Tesauro, Mayor Greg Lincoln, Brad Geyer, Aaron Zolbrod and Solicitor Tim Witt.
Lori Padilla | For the Daily Courier
The first city council meeting of 2014 started off with the swearing in of the new mayor. Greg Lincoln was sworn in while his son, Gregory, held the Bible.
Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier
Aaron Zolbrod puts his hand on the Bible to be sworn in by Fayette County Judge Linda Cordaro as Connellsville City Councilman on Monday evening during the first city meeting of 2014.
Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier
Fayette County Judge Linda Cordaro administers the oath for city councilman Tom Karpiak.
Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier
Fayette County Judge Linda Cordaro had the honor of swearing in the newly elected and re-elected Connellsville city officials on Monday evening. Blaine Brooks took his oath as Connellsville city controller as it is adminstered by Cordaro.
Lori Padilla | For the Daily Couier
Former state Sen. J. William Lincoln, along with his wife, Kathy, looks on as his son, Greg, is sworn in on Monday evening as the newly elected mayor of Connellsville.
Lori C. Padilla | For the Daily Courier
The Rev. Bob Lubic, pastor of the partner parishes, St. John's, St. Rita and Immaculate Conception, offers an invocation at the first Connellsville City Council meeting of the year, highlighted by the swearing in of the new mayor, newly elected and re-elected council members.

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 mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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