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Mayor praises Kirk French, outgoing councilor, for his five years of service

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Councilors Eddy Morales, Mario Palmero and Janine Gladfelter all were sworn into office Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8. The audience section of the city of Gresham's Council Chambers was packed with hundreds of excited community members Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8, as three city councilors and the mayor were sworn in for their new terms.

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, incumbent councilors Mario Palmero, Position 4; and Janine Gladfelter, Position 6; and newly elected Councilor Eddy Morales, Position 2; all took their seats.

"It's an incredible honor to serve in my fourth term as mayor," Bemis said. "We have chosen mutual respect and collaboration when other municipalities chose rancor."

The reception kicked off with a presentation of colors by the Gresham Joint Color Guard and Pledge of Allegiance led by Eagle Scout Zachary Radke. The Gresham High School Overtones sang during the event, and Pastor Jay Messenger, with Grace Community Church, led the invocation.

During the swearing-in, the council recognized outgoing Councilor Kirk French for his five years of public service. He was elected to a four-year term on the council in 2014 after previously filling a vacancy in the seat for a year.

During his final year in office, he was selected by his colleagues to serve as council president.

"Thank you for your years of service," Bemis said to French before embracing him.

The first task of the year was to select a new council president. Councilor Karylinn Echols nominated Councilor Jerry Hinton, who was voted unanimously by his colleagues to fill the position.

"He is steadfast in his commitment to our community and this council," Echols said.

Hinton's term as council president will run through the year.


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