- It's official -- Tom Arthur is the new mayor of Brazil
Kenny Crabb relinquished his position as mayor to Tom Arthur on Sunday afternoon at the 2004 City of Brazil Elected Officials Swearing-in Ceremony at the Clay County Courthouse. During his outgoing mayoral address, Crabb told Arthur, "I wish you well."
Elected officials Jim Sheese, councilman, Ward 1; Marty Beasley, councilman, Ward 2; Ann Bradshaw, councilwoman, Ward 3; William Lovett, councilman, Ward 4; Pat Heffner, councilwoman, at-large; Patricia Whistler, clerk/treasurer; and Tom Arthur, mayor, were individually sworn in by Judges Ernest Yelton and Blaine Akers.
The mayoral appointments then took their oaths. Arthur's nominees and the roles they will assume on Jan. 1 are Lovett, Democrat member, Board of Works; John Nelson, Republican member, Board of Works; Tammy Harden, administrative assistant; Joseph Trout, city attorney; Mark Loudermilk, police chief; David Tucker, street superintendent; Ron Muncie, park/sanitation superintendent; Michele Driscoll, planning and zoning administrator; and John Ray, building inspector.
Robin Roeschlein, utilities office supervisor; Jake Roebuck, water treatment plant supervisor; John Ray, water distribution supervisor; Jerry Robison, wastewater collection co-supervisor; Terry Robison, wastewater collection co-supervisor; and Shirley Jolly, candidate for wastewater treatment operator, were also sworn into the offices they were assigned by Arthur.
During the inaugural address Arthur thanked Crabb, who was a a three-term mayor and former assistant superintendent of the Clay Community Schools Corp., for his "years of service."
Like Crabb, he gave up a job in the school system to serve as Brazil's mayor. Upon winning the election, Arthur resigned from Northview High School, where he was a math teacher up until this month.
"I truly felt like I was called" to run for mayor, he explained. He said he felt Crabb had done well in office, but that it is "time for new blood" and that he wants to move Brazil into the "next level."
According to Arthur, Brazil Police Department and Fire Department are among the lowest-paid community servants in Indiana, yet they continue to fulfill their duties.
He mentioned that during Crabb's tenure, Technifab moved here from Plainfield and provided jobs for many citizens. Also, Morris Manufacturing had an opportunity to relocate, but opted rather to stay in Brazil.
Arthur credited all of this to the fact that Brazil is a "great place to have a home and raise a family."
However, many local people think the city is poor and always will be, he said . He feels otherwise, stating, "With hard work, dedication and a little bit of blood, sweat and tears, anything is possible."
Arthur's goals for city departments include providing the Fire Department with the best possible technology to do their duties and setting up full-time drug enforcement within the Police Department. He plans for the Street Department to put forth great effort to improve the roads, while the Water Department will be focussing on replacing bad fire hydrants.
Under his administration, the hours at City Hall and the Mayor's Office will be extended one hour. They are moving closing time back to 5 p.m.
As the "employee" of the people of Brazil, Arthur said that he will turn his attention "not where we have been, but where we are going."
"We will begin a new era," he continued. "Will you come with me?"
Benediction was given by Pastor Julie Lake of River Community Church, where Arthur is a member. She expressed her confidence in his ability to lead Brazil into a "new dream, new era, new vision."
After the ceremony, Arthur made his way through the rows of spectators at the Courthouse, shaking each of their hands and thanking them for coming.