Cuyahoga County's new system of government officially begins January 1st, and the eleven elected county council members have several swearing in ceremonies planned. Ideastream's Michelle Kanu explains why.
The county’s new charter requires that the newly elected officials take office on January 1st, but since that's a holiday, council members will be sworn in privately under their own individual arrangements, and then again publicly on Monday - the first business day of the new year.
That event will be held at 5pm at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in the Council Chambers. Nancy Fuerst, a county common pleas judge, will preside, and newly elected County Executive Ed FitzGerald will speak. He'll be sworn in publicly on January 9th by former US Congressman Louis Stokes.
County Council member David Greenspan, who will represent district 1, says Monday's event is about inaugurating the new government, and putting that government to work.
Greenspan: "After the ceremony we move right into our first organizational meeting. And at that meeting we will, among other items of business, elect our president and vice president, and at the same time adopt a number of ordinances that will allow the county to continue its operations."
C. Ellen Connally, representing the 9th district, is expected to be elected County Council President.
Greenspan says the council encourages public participation at Monday's ceremony and its first official meeting.