Huntsville Mayor, new city council members sworn in

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Inauguration Day is always a special one for public officials, who take an oath of office to represent the people they’ll serve. Huntsville’s Mayor Tommy Battle, council member Will Culver, and council member Devyn Keith each marked the occasion by attending a ceremony at Big Spring Park East on Monday.

Mayor Tommy Battle is sworn back into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Mayor Tommy Battle is sworn back into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Mayor Tommy Battle went first, entering his third term as the city’s leader.

“I’m really humbled and I’m honored,” he told the crowd. “I appreciate the confidence that each of you have in me, and my administration.”

He added that it’s possible to grow if the city remains inclusive and brings people together.

“We will all work very hard to live up to your expectations. The next four years will bring challenges, but along with the challenges will come opportunity. First, we want to capitalize on the exciting momentum that is taking Huntsville to new heights… fueled by the teamwork and collaborative spirit of this community.”

Will Culver is sworn back into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Will Culver is sworn back into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Council President Will Culver was re-elected, but opted to swear in during a private ceremony earlier Monday. He still spoke to the crowd, emphasizing the oath of office they each took.

“We take this oath of office to uphold this great United States of America,” he said. “That’s an awesome challenge. And I want to challenge all of my elected colleagues that as we move forward in the next four years, that we will truthfully, honestly, and faithfully discharge our duties.”

Culver thanked the crowd for electing him to another term.

“To serve in this capacity is an honor and a privilege, it is not a right,” he said.

Devyn Keith is sworn into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Devyn Keith is sworn into office in Huntsville on November 7, 2016

Devyn Keith took his oath of office after an audible exhale, that brought laughter to his crowd of supporters who enthusiastically applauded after he said the words.

He told the crowd it was a big moment of change for District 1, which he represents on the city council now.

“Because of a change in an environment, things are able to grow. District 1, congratulations on your change,” he said.

He outlined how he has come from humble beginnings, to his moment.

“I see the vision for District 1 in this city, and I promise you that vision is clear,” he said. “It is clear, because I stand on the shoulders of people who were pioneers, pillars of strength. Individuals like my predecessor, Dr. Richard Showers.”

He went on to say it’s all about unity.

“It’s ‘We, the people,'” he said. “I bring unity in the conversation, and action, that everybody who sits in these seats must be a part of.”

After the inauguration, a reception was held. The city council will meet at 5 PM Monday evening and are expected to elect the next council president.