Charlottesville Elected Officials Sworn into Office

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Kristin Szakos takes oath of office Kristin Szakos takes oath of office

Charlottesville Circuit Court saw a lot of action Friday as newly elected officials were sworn in. The noon ceremony marks the end of some long campaigns and the beginning of new responsibilities.

Nine elected officials took the oath of office Friday afternoon. Holding up a right hand, each of the newly elected officials stepped forward in front of Charlottesville Circuit Court and took an oath of office.

“The citizens have given me a tremendous responsibility and I accept it with humility and confidence,” said Bob Fenwick, Charlottesville city councilor.

After trying campaigns, City Council members Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick took a moment to celebrate before focusing on the future.

“This council is going to be presiding over what the city is going to look like,” said Szakos.

Szakos said planning and communication are critical.

“Things are changing fast and we have to be careful about how we communicate to people so that they know what's going on,” said Szakos.

“The first big issue is going to be the budget. We are still working our way out of a pretty bad recession,” said Fenwick.

Others who took the oath included Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman and three school board members, among others.

Unlike last year, Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger held individual swear-ins - in hopes, she said, of driving home the impact of the oath.

The new councilors will get to work at the first meeting of the new year scheduled for January 6.

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