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Kirtland Seats New Council
January 29, 2018 by Magdalene Pesch | No Comments

Kirtland officials welcomed back Councilman Matt Schulz and swore in two new members of council Dec. 1.

Kirtland officials welcomed back Councilman Matt Schulz and swore in two new members of council Dec. 1.

Mayor Doug Davidson welcomed new councilmen John Lesnick and Rich Lowery to the organizational meeting as well as their friends, coworkers and family in attendance.

“They ran an excellent race,” Davidson said. “Their hearts are in the right place and I know they want the best for the city and looking forward to working with them.”

Davidson then introduced Judge Vincent A. Culotta of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas. Culotta addressed the room before he administered the oaths.

“(The swearing-in ceremony is) the one type of event — well, I guess there’s two, weddings also — that I, as a judge, get to preside over where typically everybody is happy. It’s a joyous occasion. Everyone’s happy to be here, they’re not forced to be here by summons or subpoena,” said Culotta.

The judge said the intent of the oath isn’t for the members of council to promise they will be “the best councilperson that’s ever been,” that they will make everyone happy or every decision they make will be the right one.

“There’s going to be disagreement, there’s going to be honest disagreement, and when there’s disagreement, not everybody’s going to be happy,” Culotta said. “A lot of people are going to think they made the wrong decision because you can’t please everybody. The best-elected official around can’t do that. It’s not possible.”

However, council members are taking an oath to put forth their best efforts.

“They’re going to work hard. They’re going to be diligent. They’re going to listen to the concerns of the folks here in Kirtland and they’re going to do the best job that they can do to the best of their abilities,” he said. “That’s all we can ask for and that’s all the oath represents, that they’re going to do the job to the best of their ability within the confines of the law and the confines of the Constitution and the charter here in Kirtland.”

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