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Mayor, council ready to get to work

June 01, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Monday night during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall that there might be some "aggravating" times ahead, but that he looks forward to an exciting future.

Bruchey made the remarks during a brief speech in which he thanked his wife for supporting him and recognized other people, including his son.

Bruchey, who won re-election in the May 19 city election, was sworn-in by Washington County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis J. Weaver.

After Bruchey was sworn in, the mayor individually swore in council members Lewis C. Metzner, Martin E. Brubaker, Forrest Easton, Ashley C. Haywood and William M. Breichner.

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Metzner and Brubaker were returned to office in the city election; Easton and Haywood are new to the council. Breichner is a former mayor.

After Bruchey and the council members were sworn in, they took turns making remarks to a crowd of about 50 people in the council chambers.

Breichner thanked his wife for helping him and for how she "criticized me when I needed criticized."

Easton thanked his wife for her support and the people who backed him in the election.

"This is a very humbling experience to say the least," Easton said.

Haywood thanked the city's staff and other council members for helping her in a transition that came during a "whirlwind" that included last weekend's Western Maryland Blues Fest.

"I'm excited to get to work," Haywood said.

Brubaker thanked his wife and his supporters, and said he looked forward to working with his colleagues.

Metzner paid tribute to the "people that make my world go" as he recognized a sister, his brothers and his mother. Metzner also talked about his wife and his son and how they had to "put up with something they never bought into" while he has been in office.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Bruchey welcomed the crowd "to a new day" and Justin Repp, pastor of Life House West church on Salem Avenue, prayed for the mayor and council to have the energy to do the people's work.

After the swearing-in ceremonies, spectators and the officeholders moved into a hallway for a reception.

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