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  • Swearing in ceremony makes for a memorable night

  • Six tenured council members and newly elected president Dr. Christopher Bullock took the Oath of Office Tuesday night in front of a standing-room-only group in the County Council chambers in Wilmington.
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  • TAKING THE OATH
    The only change to the New Castle County Council is its president following the Nov. 6 election.
    Six tenured council members and newly elected president Dr. Christopher Bullock took the Oath of Office Tuesday night in front of a standing-room-only group in the County Council chambers in Wilmington.
    At an earlier ceremony at the County Government building in New Castle Tuesday, County Executive Tom Gordon and Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi were also sworn in.
    Asides from Bullock, the only member of County Council who did not run unopposed this past election was Councilman Tim Sheldon (D- Pike Creek).
    MEMORABLE SPEECH QUOTES
    After taking their oaths Tuesday night, each council member was given the chance to address the crowd.
    Former Council President Tom Kovach noted upon stepping down from his position that each council members have personalities that fit their districts.
    And their election speeches echoed this giving the crowd the sentimental, the serious, and the oddly entertaining:
    Councilman George Smiley: "Working with me can bounce between entering a fun house or a horror house."
    Councilman John Cartier: "When you're elected to office, everyone comes to you … we're able to meet the county's concerns."
    Councilman Tim Sheldon: "On Aug. 31, 2011, Vice President Joe Biden told 11 United States Senators that I have one of the toughest jobs … Biden said that he has done peace treaties easier than [County] land use rezonings."
    Councilman Jea Street: "My family supports me even when they don't agree."
    Councilman David Tacket: "There's no single plan that will fix any issue."
    Councilman Bill Bell: "It's about representing the people."
    Council President Christopher Bullock: "I am aware tonight is a historic moment. As the first African American president of county council, I will do all that I can to lead with integrity … There is a Haitian proverb, 'many hands lighten the load;' I want to be one of those hands."
    KOVACH'S RETIREMENT
    As he handed the gavel over Tuesday night, Kovach announced his retirement from public office.
    "But I'm not retiring from public service," the former Council President said. "It's addicting."
    Kovach, who gave up his post for the chance to run against Rep. John Carney (D- Delaware) for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, did not seek reelection on County Council.
    "Nothing worth doing is easy," Kovach told Bullock. "And I promise you, this job will be worth doing."

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