PEABODY — Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. will headline the city’s inaugural ceremony next Monday.
Bettencourt ran unopposed for a fourth term in the corner officer in November. He was first elected in 2011, defeating current Swampscott town administrator Sean Fitzgerald in a race to succeed Michael Bonfanti.
In addition to the mayor, the city council, including three new members, will be welcomed and a new council president will be elected. The mayor and councilors were officially sworn in at the mayor’s office Monday morning.
“The City of Peabody Inaugural Ceremonies and Organization of City Government is always a special day for our city and one that carries a rich tradition,” said Bettencourt. “For elected officials and our families, the ceremony is an opportunity to commemorate our shared commitment to public service and to prepare for the hard work that lies ahead.”
The Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Band and Chorale will perform during the ceremony in the Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall, and the reception following the ceremony will be catered by high school’s culinary arts program.
New members Ryan Melville, Thomas Rossignoll, and Mark O’Neill will take their seats on the council and a president will be chosen to replace Ward 5 Councilor Joel Saslaw. Unlike some cities, such as Beverly, where the at-large councilor with the most votes becomes president, Peabody selects a new president each year.
During the inaugural and government organization ceremonies, the mayor typically gives his State of the City address.
Last year, Bettencourt talked about the city’s centennial celebration, the opening of the new Higgins Middle School, and the dredging of Crystal Lake. This year, the continued revitalization of the downtown, the potential purchase of several pieces of land for open space, and the hiring of assistant superintendent Cara Murtagh to replace interim superintendent Herb Levine figure to be some of the issues the mayor touches on.