YOUNGSTOWN - Mayor-elect John A. McNally will be sworn in as the city's 50th mayor on Monday.
McNally will take the oath 11 a.m. at the Ford Family Recital Hall inside the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Administering the oath of office will be Youngstown Municipal Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly, and Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will give the invocation.
A reception will follow at Overture Restaurant. The events are open to the public.
McNally, the Democratic former Mahoning County commissioner and law director for Youngstown, won in November among six candidates, but that really boiled down to a two-way race between him and independent candidate DeMaine Kitchen, the former chief of staff / secretary for outgoing Mayor Charles Sammarone.
McNally already has begun forming his cabinet.
He's keeping fire Chief John O'Neill, the city's longest serving fire chief; Sean McKinney, buildings and grounds commissioner; and Harry Johnson, water commissioner. Also, McNally has appointed Youngstown Park Director Robert Burke to the director of the park and recreation division.
Youngstown residents approved changing the city's charter to eliminate the park and recreation commission and give the power to appoint the position to the mayor. The newly created position that Burke will fill falls under the Department of Public Works.
Meanwhile, Finance Director Dave Bozanich has agreed to stay on until McNally finds a replacement, which he told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33, will be by July 1.