SLC Council members take oath of office

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Newly-elected and returning Salt Lake City officials took the oath of office Tuesday.

Re-elected city council members James Rogers and Erin Mendenhall, new council members Chris Wharton and Amy Fowler were sworn into office at the Salt Lake City & County Building.

“I am humbled to again serve the residents of my District and the City for another term,” said Council Member James Rogers, the District 1 representative sworn into his second four-year term.

“I look ahead with renewed vigor at meeting the needs of my District neighbors and focusing on the many issues before us as a City,” said Council Member Erin Mendenhall, the District 5 representative sworn into her second term.

“District Three is a great place to work, play and live. I am thrilled to tackle the challenges in our path to a better City,” said Chris Wharton, who was sworn into his first term in D3.

“I am proud of all that my District has to offer and of the people who live there. I eagerly assume the responsibility of serving and representing District 7 and our Capital City,” said Amy Fowler, who was sworn into her first term.

If you missed it, you can watch the oath of office ceremony via the video below. 

The Salt Lake City Fire Department Choir, the Salt Lake City Police Motor Squad, and Young Eagles Rugby also took part in the ceremonies.

At the council’s meeting Tuesday evening, new leadership was chosen for 2018. Mendenhall was selected was the new Chair and Wharton was chosen as Vice Chair. 

The Huffington Post recently reported Salt Lake City has made history by “electing its queerest city council ever.” Chris Wharton and Amy Fowler will join openly gay member Derek Kitchen on the council bringing the total number of LGBTQ representatives to  three. “

When you include Mayor Jackie Biskupski, that means the city’s government is now “split four to four between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ officials. “For the first time in its history, queer people will have an equal vote in the upper echelons of Salt Lake City’s government.” Read more here

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