There was some irony present as McGuckian noted both that the Mayor and Council remain a four-woman/one-man body again this term, while - historically - the City's first elected commissioners were chosen by 66 white male voters.
Incumbent Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton was sworn in for a second term by Montgomery County Clerk of the Court Barbara Meiklejohn. Newton then swore in her Council colleagues Beryl Feinberg, Julie Palakovich Carr, Mark Pierzchala and Virginia Onley.
|Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton|
swears in Councilmember Virginia Onley
After listing some accomplishments of the Mayor and Council's previous term - including negotiating an adequate gym for students at the future Richard Montgomery Elementary No. 5, tackling a compensation and classification review after 6 years of stagnant city salaries, and reviving walking town meetings - Newton cited the recent film Bridge of Spies as representative of the cooperation they will have to work toward in this term.
"If they can end the Cold War," Newton said, "we can come together as the governing body of Rockville." She added jokingly that City staff might also be able to go home before midnight on Monday nights. That drew knowing chuckles from many in the crowd who have sat through marathon Mayor and Council meetings in recent years.
Newton promised the Rockville of the future would be "multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-priced." She added that the Rockville Pike Plan and citywide Master Plan need to consider the City as a whole, not in isolated "segments." The Pike Plan also mustn't "put City taxpayers on the hook for rights-of-way," she said.
In reference to the debate over how much the City should change its character under pressure from developers, Newton said Rockville doesn't "need to change who we are, as much as we need to trust who we are."
|Richard Montgomery junior|
Alex Haddad speaks on the
theme of "trust"
|A blurry photo of the|
Rev. Mansfield Kaseman
speaking with former
City Councilman Jim Marrinan
following the inauguration
"Together, we can, and together we will, do great things for Rockville," Newton vowed.
Following the ceremony, which included a Rockville Police color guard, attendees gathered in the lobby for a reception.
|The lobby of the|
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
|Delegate (and 8th District|
Democratic Congressional candidate)
Kumar Barve and his
District 17 colleague, Del. Andrew Platt
|Past City Councilman Glennon Harrison|
and Acting City Clerk Sara Taylor-Ferrell
|Outgoing Councilmember Tom Moore|
and Platt; City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel
is in the background at right
|Councilmember Mark Pierzchala speaks|
|City Manager Barbara Matthews|
confers with City Communications
Manager Marylou Berg at left;
Planning Commission Chair Don Hadley
in background-center; Onley in foreground
|Councilmember Onley poses|
for a photo
|Mayor Newton greets|
attendees after the ceremony
and Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr
|Barve and Newton|