Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2008 Inauguration Ceremony

Following the opening prayer by Pastor Chris White of the Norwood Presbyterian Church, all but one of our elected city officials took their oaths of office at today’s inauguration at the Norwood Middle School. Our roving reporter who attended tells us that without explanation, no one was sworn in as City Auditor. As Steve Thornbury clearly stated in the 12/18/07 blog below, “Mr. Stith will finish out the term that Donnie R. Jones vacated with his written notification earlier this year.” That meant, of course, that Jim Stith was appointed to the auditor position only for the balance of the year 2007. Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Jones’ 12/31/07 resignation letter for the 4-year term commencing today was submitted to the Board of Elections. If we receive any updates on the position, we’ll let you know.

Our roving reporter estimated a large audience of about 150+ attendees watched as sons, grandsons, spouses, other relatives and/or friends gave the oath of office to officials. Mayor Williams delivered the keynote speech, which addressed a number of issues, including Norwood’s housing stock. We plan on installing his speech on YouTube in the coming days for the benefit of readers who don’t have access to replays of the ceremony on cable channel 4.

Click here to see pictures of some of our officials taking their oaths of office today.