With their left hands placed on the Bible and right hands in the air, the Garner mayor and three council members were each sworn in at Monday night’s town council meeting, officially marking another four years in office.
Mayor Ronnie Williams, joined by his wife, Betsy Williams, and Jackie Johns, joined by a friend, Helen Snead, were each sworn in by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Council members Buck Kennedy and Ken Marshburn were joined by their wives, Barbara Kennedy and Faye Marshburn respectively, and sworn in by Wake County District Judge Monica Bousman.
The council members each thanked their loved ones and the voters and asked for their continued support.
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In the November election, which was uncontested, Williams received 688 votes. There were 29 write-ins for mayor.
Johns led all council members with 652 votes, while Marshburn received 610 and Kennedy received 597 votes. There were 44 write-ins for council members.
It was the first all uncontested race in recent memory.
Johns has served on the council longer than any other council member. He has served on the council for 32 years.
Marshburn was first elected in 2007. Kennedy was first elected in 2003.
Council member Kathy Behringer was selected as the new mayor pro tem. She succeeds Ken Marshburn who was mayor pro tem for two years.
The mayor pro tem has the power and responsibility to act in the mayor’s place if needed.