James Richardson and Rachel Dahl were sworn in Tuesday for their second terms as Fallon City Council members.
The council members, who were re-elected by narrow margins to their respective War III and Ward I seats earlier this month, were sworn in by District Judge Tom Stockard during the ceremony on a mild and breezy afternoon in the Fallon City Hall courtyard.
Routine business? Not really, if you were to ask Ken Tedford Jr. has seen a fair number of swearing-in ceremonies both as mayor and city councilman in Fallon. Even after nearly four decades of service, however, he remains as enthusiastic as ever about the ceremonies being truly special public event.
Tedford, who has been mayor for the city of since 1995 and served eight years on the city council before that, took time to remind nearly 50 spectators who gathered in the City Hall courtyard just how fortunate they are to be Americans.
“The laws of our country require that government officials take an oath of office before they begin their term,” Tedford said in his opening remarks. “Tradition is added to that legal requirement. It’s all part of the process, but we sometimes forget that what for us is process, law and tradition, is a quite remarkable event.
“In the eyes of the world, this ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle. We should keep in mind how lucky we are to have a day like today,” Tedford said. “The people’s business is handled efficiently and fairly here in Fallon, without much fuss, and I’m proud of that fact. I have confidence in this City Council, the staff and the system that put us here. Most of all, I have confidence in the people of this city. Everything we do here is a reflection of their strength.”
Dahl edged Susan Smith-Savala by a 99-70 count to prevail in a rematch for the Ward I seat.
“I just think it’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve four more years and I’m looking forward to it,” Dahl said.
The race was even closer in Ward III, where Richardson outpolled Eric Blakey by a 94-79 margin.
Obviously, Richardson was happy to be part of the ceremony.
“I’m just happy and excited to be able to serve another term as councilman,” he said. “Eric Blakey ran a good campaign, so I’m just happy to be here.
“It’s definitely a privilege and honor to do this. I never will forget that, and I don’t forget that when I’m serving.”
Dahl added that one of her goals is to build on what she calls a strong working relationship with Churchill County.
“We’ve all worked really hard to build our relationships and go in together on different projects to benefit the community,” she said.
Tedford, whose grandfather, J.N. Tedford, and uncle, Jack Tedford, were mayors for Fallon, offered words of praise for both of the council members.
“They started four years ago and they’ve done a good job,” he said. “They have passion and dedication to serve, and that’s the type of person you need to do this job.”
“To me, that’s why a swearing-in out here before the public is so important … to reinforce it to the public this is serious business. This is the people’s business and you get sworn in to serve them.”