Cedar City mayor, 2 council members take oath of office

CEDAR CITY — Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson and two city council members were officially sworn in at noon Tuesday to each begin serving four-year terms.

Wilson, who won a second term as mayor in November’s general election, was joined by incumbent councilman Ron Adams, now starting his third term, and political newcomer R. Scott Phillips.

L-R: Judge Keith C. Barnes and Cedar City Councilman R. Scott Phillips, shortly before official swearing-in ceremony, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 2, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

All three were lauded for their commitment and service to the community by Judge Keith C. Barnes, associate presiding judge for Utah’s 5th District Court. After brief remarks, Barnes then administered the oath of office to each of the elected candidates individually.

Dozens of people attended the brief ceremony, including city officials and staff, friends and family and members of the public.

All three officials expressed their appreciation to the citizens of Cedar City and pledged to get right to work.

“After today … all the work begins,” Wilson said, adding that she is excited to work with the council on several upcoming projects.

“We have some great plans in the works,” Wilson said. “And have some great individuals who are eager and excited to represent our community and work in the best interest of the people of Cedar.”

Phillips said he’s looking forward to joining the council after campaigning for much of last year.

Dozens of people attended the swearing-in ceremony for three Cedar City elected officials in the council chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 2, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

“This is something I’ve been working on for months and months,” he said. “Now the time is finally here. … It’s time to get to work.”

Adams said he has enjoyed serving on the council for the past eight years, and is looking forward to drawing from his experience and helping the city “move forward … with the progress that we’ll see in the future.”

The newly elected Adams and Phillips are joining three other council members who are in the middle of their terms, namely Paul Cozzens, Terri Hartley and Craig Isom. Outgoing council member Fred Rowley, who did not seek re-election after serving one four-year term, also attended Tuesday’s ceremony and was publicly thanked by Wilson for his service.

The Cedar City Council’s first scheduled meeting of 2018 is a work session at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers Jan. 3.

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