City of Richmond Swearing-In Ceremony

From left to right: Mayor Tom Butt, Councilmembers Demnlus Johnson III, Nathaniel (Nat) Bates and Eduardo Martinez. Photo by Joe L. Fisher.

Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmember Eduardo Martinez, who both won re-election in November, and new councilmembers Nathaniel “Nat” Bates and Demnlus Johnson III were sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the Richmond City Council Chambers.

City Clerk Pamela Chris­tian administered the oath of office and presented to them the Certificates of Election.

Butt welcomed the stand­ing-room-only crowd to the ceremony and made the in­troductions followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was provided by Pastor Mark Sharpe of the Southside Church of Christ.

Butt and Vice Mayor Mel­vin Willis, councilmembers Ben Choi, Eduardo Marti­nez, and Jael Myrick offered their best wishes to departing councilmembers.

Butt also presented service awards to departing council­members Jovanka Beckles and Ada Recinos, each of whom made comments.

Closing remarks came from City Manager Carlos Martinez and Mayor Tom Butt. A reception immedi­ately followed the ceremony


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