GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – It was a busy day for the City of Greenfield. Greenfield’s Mayor-Elect, Roxann Wedegartner, and seven city councilors were sworn in on Thursday.
“I feed off all of the positive energy around me because I feel like there’s so much positive energy in Greenfield,” Wedegartner told 22News.
The inauguration started at 11:00 a.m. in the Allen Meeting Room at the John Olver Transit Center on Olive Street.
The mayor’s seat was open this year, as incumbent Mayor William Martin decided not to run for re-election.
Wedegartner told 22News her first moves as mayor will be to finish the budget process and speak to Greenfield’s Community and Economic Development Director, MJ Adams.
“I have to meet with the finance director. Find out the good, the bad and the ugly. And then begin to work on the budget,” Wedegartner said.
Mayor Wedegartner also gave her grandchildren keys to the city during the inauguration.
In a close three-way race, residents elected Wedegartner, who was the planning board chair, as their next mayor on November 5. City Councilor Sheila Gilmour finished close behind with 34%, and City Councilor Brickett Allis, who ran a write-in campaign, finished third with 28%.
But it wasn’t all about the mayor today. Seven new city councilors, including Greenfield’s first-ever mayor were sworn in on Thursday as councilors at the ceremony.
“According to our charter, any year that ends in zero is a charter change year. In other words we can take a look at the whole document. See what works, see what doesn’t work. I’m very interested in doing that,” Greenfield City Councilor At-Large and former Mayor, Christine Forgey told 22News.
The following new city councilors were also sworn in:
- At-Large Councilor Elects Christine Forgey and Philip Elmer
- Precinct 1 Councilor-Elect Ed Jarvis
- Precinct 2 Councilor-Elect Daniel Guin
- Precinct 3 Councilor-Elect Virginia DeSorgher
- Precinct 4 Councilor-Elect John Bottomley
- Precinct 9 Councilor-Elect Norman Hirschfeld
Thursday at 6 p.m. the council will hold it’s first meeting where they’ll elect council president, vice president and treasurer.