Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler, council members Lori Ann Feibel, Anne Lewis, Deneese Owen and Richard Sharp, and Auditor Bill Harvey took the oath of office at City Council's Jan. 6 organizational meeting.
David Madison, who served as mayor for 32 years, administered the oath of office to Kessler. After John Brennan, the previous mayor died of cancer in January 2012, council selected Kessler, who was president of City Council, to serve as mayor through the end of November 2013. On Nov. 5, voters elected Kessler to serve through the end of 2015.
"Do all of you know how lucky we are to have a mayor like this in the city of Bexley?" Madison asked residents and city officials as family and friends gathered for the swearing-in ceremony.
Feibel and Owen are new to council. Feibel was sworn in by her husband, Jonathan; Owen was sworn in by Susan Williams, a professor at Ohio State University whose classes Owen attended.
City Attorney Lou Chodosh gave the oath of office to Sharp, who was elected to a second term on council in November. Sharp was unanimously chosen by his fellow council members at the organizational meeting to serve as council president for 2014. Chodosh also swore in Lewis, who was elected to a two-year term in November after being appointed to council in March 2012.
Chodosh also gave the oath of office to Harvey, who previously served as the city's service director. The city currently is seeking candidates to fill the service director position.
Also at the organizational meeting, Sharp announced council committee assignments. They are:
* Finance and Judiciary Committee --Tim Madison, chairman); Lewis and Owen.
* Strategic Committee -- Lewis, chairwoman; Steve Keyes and Feibel.
* Zoning and Development -- Keyes, chairman; Mark Masser and Owen.
* Service -- Masser, chairman; Madison and Feibel.
* Safety -- Owen, chairwoman, Lewis and Madison.
* Recreation and Parks-- Feibel, chairwoman, Keyes and Masser.
Council also voted to move its meeting time back 15 minutes to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.