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Rochester plans first-ever inauguration event

December 21, 2018

Rochester will hold its first-ever formal inauguration of a mayor and newly elected city council members in January.

The community event is set for noon Jan. 7 at Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE.

“We invite all community members to join us for this important and exciting gathering,” Rochester City Administrator Steve Rymer said in a statement announcing the event. “It is an opportunity to come together as a community, celebrate another point in Rochester history, and participate in an important part of our democratic process.”

The day, which will include the first Rochester City Council meeting of 2019, was already slated to be historic. Mayor-Elect Kim Norton will become Rochester’s first female mayor.

Also being sworn in are Ward 3 council member Nick Campion, who will start his second term, and two new council members — Patrick Keane in Ward 1 and Shaun Palmer in Ward 5.

Rymer said the event is intended to better engage city residents in the celebration of the new city leaders.

In addition to the oaths of office, the gathering will feature music and readings by community members.

For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be streamed live online using the city’s website and will be rebroadcast on cable Channel 180.

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