Winners of the November General Election were sworn in to their positions in the Council Chambers of City Hall Friday morning.
Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers and Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout were on hand to swear in the new council members and clerk-treasurer, along with Mayor Ann Bradshaw, who is the first woman to be elected to the position.
"It is an absolute pleasure, with my experience in county and city business through the years, to be able to swear in all the winners," Trout, who had also served as Brazil City Attorney said.
All of the elected officials said they were proud to have been chosen to lead the city the next four years and are looking forward to working together and making Brazil a better city to live in.
"The council is filled with a lot of wonderful people and I look forward to the challenges of the office," Ward 1 Council Member Brad Deal, who is starting his first term, said. "There is a lot of work to be done, but if we take things one step at a time we can be very successful."
Ward 2 Council Member Sam Glover believes the eagerness of the council to improve Brazil is a major asset.
"There are many big projects in this city, but our enthusiasm gives us a real opportunity to make progress," he said. "Brazil is a good city, but together we can make it a great community."
Deal and Glover are the newcomers to the council, both serving their first term, while Pat Heffner (At-Large) and Bill Lovett (Ward 4) bring years of experience to help make the transition with the new members a smooth one.
"I have been on the council since 1994 and it will be wonderful to work with a fairly new council," Heffner said. "I greatly enjoy being a civil servant and look forward to also working with Mayor Bradshaw.
Lovett has been on the council for 10 years, and appreciates that residents continue to believe in him to make a difference.
"I am glad the voters elected me to another term so I can continue to do all I can to serve the people of Brazil," he said.
Steve Lamb, who was elected to the Ward 3 seat was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior engagement.
Bradshaw said she is excited to work with the new council.
"This is an excellent council and I have no doubt in my mind we will work well together," she said. "There is a lot going on and it will be a joy to keep the city moving forward into the future."
A couple of projects at the top of the list to complete this year are the income survey and sidewalk project.
"The survey is coming along nicely and we should only have a couple more streets to go on the sidewalk project, which will start again in the spring," Bradshaw said. "There was a lot of pressure working in this office and trying to campaign at the same time, but with the residents giving me a vote of confidence to do the job well, it has been lifted and I will continue to work hard for the people of Brazil.
Also sworn in Friday morning were Board of Public Works and Safety Member John Nelson and Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, who is excited and nervous at the same time as she officially takes office.
"I want to do a great job the next four years," McQueen said. "I am ready to get this city rolling the way it should."
Trout summed up the ceremony by expressing his joy of working for the community.
"I have been a judge for just about a year now and I know there is no greater pride than being a public servant on any level," he said.