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|Outgoing Mayor, Alderman Bid Farewell
|Gary Smith got emotional during his final minutes as mayor Monday night.
Smith received a gavel from deputy mayor and Sixth Ward alderman Wayne Allen, before leaving City Hall before Sal Garza took his oath oath of office, along with new aldermen Wayne Dennis and Corine Andersen, incumbent Wayne Allen, and officeholders that were unopposed in April's election.
Smith says he knows the city will continue to be strong, even though he's no longer mayor. "Galesburg is a good town. No, Galesburg is a great town," Smith said. "But we all have to stick together, we all have to pull together with common objectives. If we do, we're going to be okay."
Smith started to weep as he went on to pay tribute to his wife. Outgoing second ward alderman Bill Kendall also got emotional when giving credit to his wife, but, like Smith, also gave credit to the city employees.
"We have the best staff in the State of Illinois," Kendall said. "I haven't been in every community, but I've dealt with staff in other communities on the phone. The hours that these people put in, the City of Galesburg does not know about."
Kendall was defeated by Dennis, while Andersen defeated incumbent Lomac Payton. Smith opted not to seek another term after initially saying he would.
(One last picture of the old Galesburg City Council.)
(The new Galesburg City Council poses for a photo.)
(Now-former Mayor Gary Smith displays a gavel he received as a gift.)
(Lomac Payton shows off a clock he, Smith, and Bill Kendall received.)
(New Second Ward Alderman Wayne Dennis takes his oath from Judge Stephen Mathers.)
(New Fourth Ward Alderwoman Corine Andersen receives her oath.)
(Public Works Director Larry Cox changes the names on one of the voting rolls in City Hall's council chambers. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 05 09 by Newsroom
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