On New Year’s Day, Monroe County residents will watch as the new and returning elected municipal officials of Bloomington, Ellettsville and Stinesville take the oath of office.
The swearing-in ceremony, organized by the Monroe County Democratic Party in cooperation with the Monroe County Republican Party, will take place at noon Friday in the council chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., and will include remarks from Mayor-elect John Hamilton.
“It is a blessing that we are able to start the new year in solemn recognition of public service and civic virtue,” Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, said in a news release. “I have high expectations for our elected officials and the community they serve.”
William Ellis, chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, said that “this is the time when the campaigns are firmly behind us and we unite, for the betterment of Bloomington, Ellettsville and Stinesville.”
“I am proud to be in a county with such quality individuals dedicated to public service,” Ellis said in a news release.
Officials sworn in on Friday will include:
• John Hamilton as Bloomington mayor.
• Nicole Bolden as Bloomington clerk.
• Bloomington City Council members Allison Chopra, Dorothy Granger, Tim Mayer, Isabel Piedmont-Smith, David Rollo, Andy Ruff, Susan Sandberg, Chris Sturbaum and Steve Volan.
• Ellettsville Clerk-Treasurer Sandra Hash.
• Ellettsville Town Council members Brian Mobley, F. Scott Thomas and Scott Oldham
• Stinesville Clerk-Treasurer Lois Pursell.
• Stinesville Town Council members Kimberly Cunningham, Tayler McGlocklin, and Luther Miller.
A public reception will take place immediately following the event. All area residents are welcome to attend.
Hamilton and his family also are hosting an inauguration party at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., on Thursday night for invited guests and Democratic Party members to ring in both the New Year and his new administration. The event starts at 9 p.m.