WASHINGTON CITY – City mayors and council members across the state were sworn into office Monday as they began new four-year terms. Some officials are returning for another term, such as Washington City Mayor Ken Neilson and City Councilman Thad Seegmiller, while others, like City Councilman Garth Nisson, are being sworn in for the first time.
In a short ceremony at the Washington City Hall, members of the city staff and friends and family of Neilson, Seegmiller and Nisson gathered to witness the three men recite their oaths of office. After the swearing in, each man took a moment to thank those gathered.
“I hope you can put up with me for another four years,” Neilson said, and joked, “you voted me in.”
Neilson is beginning his second term as Washington City’s mayor. Also starting a second term in Seegmiller, who was re-elected to the city council.
“I have a great honor to be a part of city governance,” Seegmiller said. “It is a great honor and a great opportunity.”
New to the city council is Nisson, who replaces former Councilman Bill Hudson.
“I really feel honored,” he said. “Washington City is a part of me and I’m a part of it. Let’s have four more good years of government.”
Nisson’s father, Quintin Nission, served as Washington City’s mayor from 1950-1964. Neilson also had a relative serve as mayor. His great uncle, Israel Neilson, was mayor from 1918-1920, and 1924-1927.
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