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New faces welcomed at Wilmington City Council

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This was an out with the old, in with the new type of night. Margaret Haynes and Jim Quinn were recognized for their work on city council, but Bill Saffo is not going anywhere. He was re-elected as the mayor of Wilmington last month. Tuesday night it became official when he was sworn in.

“Together we will be facing a number of challenges. I like to call them new opportunities, but we will face them together,” said Saffo.

Mayor Saffo is joined by political newcomer Kevin O’Grady; a big proponent of downtown Wilmington. “This is a city of history. We’re always going to have to remember our history, but at the same time keep our eye on the future.”

Charlie Rivenbark is a part of Wilmington’s City Council once again. After a few years of being away from the political spotlight, he is back. “I’m probably one of the few people who’s come up here to be sworn in who knew exactly what they were getting into and I relish it,” Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark ruffled a few feathers when it came time to vote for a mayor pro tem to replace Jim Quinn. Many had expected Laura Padgett to get the nod, but Councilman Earl Sheridan received the first nomination. Rivenbark then nominated Padgett.

You could hear a pin drop in the standing room only chamber as tension filled the air. Sheridan won mayor pro tem in a 6-1 vote.

“I didn’t know certain things would be discussed in such a public fashion because certain things had been discussed in private, at least a week ago and that type of thing,” said Sheridan.

Council reappointed Penelope Spicer-Sidbury city clerk. Carolyn Johnson was sworn in as the new city attorney.

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videoTuesday night was the first night for Wilmington’s new-look city council. The proceedings were predictable until it came time to vote for a new mayor pro tem.

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