North Adams swears in new council on Saturday, Mayor / iBerkshires.com

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Macksey will be the first woman elected to the corner office to take the oath of office 127 years after North Adams was founded as a city.

NORTH ADAMS, Massachusetts – The inauguration of Jennifer Macksey as the 33rd Mayor of North Adams and the biennial government reorganization will begin on Saturday, January 1st at 11:30 am

The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Drury High School auditorium for the first time and outside the town hall for the first time since 2000. The Millennial Inauguration took place at the Hunter Center of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Drury was selected to meet the large number of expected attendees but will now allow a smaller audience to socially distance themselves due to the increase in positive cases of COVID-19.

Attendance is limited to 175 (with preference for elected members’ guests), but the event will be hosted on Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp. broadcast and iBerkshires.com intends to broadcast them live on the front page.

Macksey will be the first woman elected to the corner office to take the oath of office 127 years after North Adams was founded as a city.

The city council will also be sworn in for the coming two-year term. Current councilors Lisa Blackmer, Keith Bona, Peter Oleskiewicz, Bryan Sapienza, Wayne Wilkinson, and Marie T. Harpin and Michael Obasohan (who both sat in November) are joined by newcomers Jennifer Barbeau and Ashley Shade.

City Secretary Cathleen King will chair the session until the new city council is sworn in. The council then meets in public, elects a president and a vice-president, and receives committee assignments. The newly elected President will take the floor.

Afterwards, new school committee members Richard Alcombright, Emily Daunis, David Sookey and Joshua Vallieres, and McCann school committee members Gary Rivers and Diane Parsons will be sworn in.

The new mayor is then escorted onto the stage to take her oath and deliver her inaugural address.

A blessing, an invocation and musical interludes are expected. However, there will be no reception after the event due to the pandemic precautions.

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