WARREN - Noting that dedication and working together are keys to making the city better, newly installed Council President Jim Graham addressed city officials Monday during the swearing-in ceremony.
A standing-room-only crowd attended the swearing in conducted by Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak at the municipal justice building.
Graham said the council members put in many hours of time to the betterment of the community, noting that for $1,000 a month, which comes out to $5 an hour, they are very dedicated.
''A true leader knows when he doesn't know. When you know what you don't know, you go to the right resource to get an answer. We have those resources here and we can reach out to help one another,'' Graham said.
Mayor Doug Franklin extended his appreciation to what a member of council goes through, as does his or her family.
''The work that we do is very serious. We are all one family right now, working together for the future of the city. I am very confident that by working together, there is nothing that we can't accomplish,'' Franklin said.
Earl Parthemer of American Legion Post 540 leads the procession for the presentation and posting of the colors during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony at Warren City Council chambers. The event had a standing-room-only crowd. Photo by Bob Coupland
He also credits the families of council members who provide support while their loved one is away working for the city.
''This is challenging work, but is among the most rewarding of endeavors. We are all going to work together toward those goals,'' said Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold said of the many jobs she has had including working for the Internal Revenue Service serving on council has been the most time consuming, but most gratifying.
First Ward Councilman Larry Larson, who is serving his first term, said he always tells people to keep believing in the city.
''I love this city, but feel that working together it can be a greater city,'' he said.
Second Ward Councilman Al Novak said council and the administration, with the help of residents and neighborhood groups, are helping to turn things around.
''There is a lot of dedication here from the groups,'' Novak said.
''If everyone does their best, this town will be a better place,'' said Fourth Ward Councilman Greg Bartholomew.
Seventh Ward Councilman Eddie Colbert said there is a lot of opportunity to capitalize on moving the city forward and in the right direction.
''It is our responsibility to take advantage of every opportunity in the area,'' he said.
Bishop David Herron of Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ, who gave the invocation, said cities across America have been challenged with different problems and issues such as escalating drug activity, but by working together and with the right insight and compassion, the city can embark on new opportunities and challenges.