We officially have a brand new Norfolk County Council.
On Tuesday, our elected officials were sworn into office with all except for two taking the pledge for the first time.
Council was marched into Town Hall by Bruce Murray playing the bagpipes with Honourable Justice Nightingale then proceeded to swear in Mayor Kristal Chopp.
He then had councillor’s Tom Masschaele, Michael Columbus, Roger Geysens, Chris Van Passeen, Ian Rabbitt, Ryan Taylor, Amy Martin, and Kim Huffman take the Oath of Allegiance.
Norfolk’s Poet Laureate John B. Lee then read a poem for our elected officials, Pastor Bill Wiebe from the Port Rowan Community Church said a prayer, and Small Town Girl’s performed O’ Canada.
Mayor Chopp was then given the floor to say a speech, which we have posted below.
Following that some technical matters needed to be addressed from appointed members for various boards and appointing Amy Martin as the Deputy Mayor for the next two years.
They also approved moving budget talks into January.
Mayor Chopp’s full speech: