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Inauguration event planned for new mayor, council on Thursday

Jan. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Preparations are well under way for this week's public swearing-in of Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and members of City Council.

The 56-year-old took his official oath of office Dec. 24, 2012. It was administered in a private ceremony by retired Judge Dan O'Hanlon, officially making Williams the city's 87th mayor when the calendar turned to 2013.

The larger ceremony and celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

The new mayor's swearing in will be conducted by City Clerk Barbara Nelson and the oath administered by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

The program also will include performances by the Musical Arts Guild and local artist Ryan Hardiman. Renee Maass, inaugural committee chair, said that the mayor-elect would like to see famiies in the audience.

"Williams wanted a family-oriented program and family-friendly reception to encourage all Huntingtonians to join us," said Maass. "The ceremony is dedicated to a commitment to service and excellence."

The evening will conclude with a reception.

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