In a formal ceremony at City Hall at high noon Wednesday, members of the 102nd term of Chillicothe city government adjourned sine die and the 103rd term began.
The council chambers were filled with well-wishers and Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney welcomed those in attendance. Chuck Greever, code enforcement officer, offered a prayer for city officials beginning the new term. Terms are two years.
Special recognition was made and a plaque presented to 4th Ward Councilwoman Pam Jarding, who chose not to seek re-election. In making the presentation, Haney expressed his appreciation for her dedication in serving the citizens of Chillicothe. She was also given her council chamber name plate as well as a framed photograph from the Hedrick Medical Center groundbreaking ceremony last year.
The photograph, Haney told Jarding, was “a keepsake to remember the biggest project in the history of Chillicothe, you were a part of.”
Jarding, on Wednesday, closed out a total of eight years of service on the council and briefly addressed those gathered in the council chambers.
“I love the community of Chillicothe,” she said. “My eight years have been wonderful.”
Jarding extended appreciation to her fellow council members, other elected officials and those involved with city government as well as city employees.
“The employees of Chillicothe... you will not find any finer. They serve this community, they protect this community. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your community.”
The swearing-in portion of the ceremony began with Livingston County Circuit Clerk Brenda Wright administering the oath of office to City Clerk Rozanne Frampton.