The last Wilmington City Council meeting of 2015 will feature more oaths than votes.
Instead of resolutions and ordinances to discuss, the council’s agenda for Tuesday night is filled with presentations and a list of public officials to be sworn in for 2016.
Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilmembers Margaret Haynes and Neil Anderson were all re-elected to their positions during the Nov. 3 municipal elections. Saffo, who has served as mayor since 2007, will be given his oath of office by District Court Judge James H. Faison III. Haynes, who served as mayor pro tem this past year and will be the only female left on the council after long-serving Councilmember Laura Padgett retires, will be sworn in by District Court Judge Robin Wicks Robinson. Anderson has served on City Council since 2011 and will be sworn in by District Court Judge Russell Davis.
Newly elected Councilmember Paul Lawler will be filling the seat vacated by Padgett. Lawler, who was a licensed CPA for 30 years an worked with economic development groups, has served on the City’s Comprehensive Plan committee and as president of Residents of Old Wilmington, among other public service organizations. He will be given his oath of office by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge W. Allen Cobb, Jr.
“I’m looking forward to getting to serve and starting the work,” said Lawler. “Laura had a big influence on Wilmington’s direction, and I hope to work with this council to continue moving it forward.”
There are also resolutions to re-appoint City Attorney Bill Wolak, who has been in that capacity since June 6, 2012, and A. Penelope Spicer-Sidbury, who has served as city clerk for over 20 years. Following the oaths, an election for mayor pro tem will be held.
After the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, a small reception will be held on the first floor of City Hall in the Lord Spencer Compton Conference Room to recognize the incoming and outgoing officials. The public is welcome to attend both the meeting and reception.