New council

The Glendale City Council for 2015 after the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 9: Councilmembers Sam Chavira, Jamie Aldama, and Ian Hugh, Mayor Jerry Weiers, and Councilmembers Gary Sherwood, Lauren Tolmachoff and Bart Turner.

Three new members of the Glendale City Council were sworn in Dec. 9 before a packed house in the council chambers and, with the mayor, shared some remarks about their hopes and goals for the next few years.

Each councilmember pledged to uphold and defend the law and to fairly and faithfully carry out the duties of their office.

Mayor Jerry Weiers welcomed the audience and offered some advice.

He said, “leadership at its core is all about relationships,” and explained that principle should provide the purpose for why city councilors do what they do.

“We are here not to be served, but to serve,” he added.

He hopes Glendale becomes a place where “citizens and city government truly work together in partnership.”

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David B. Gass administered the oath of office to Councilmember Jamie Aldama, who represents the Ocotillo district.

Aldama said councilmembers should work together to “reimage Glendale, sending the message that we are rapidly recovering, that we are resilient, that our staff is capable of withstanding near-collapse without permanent deformation.”

He said Glendale should be known as a place that is open for business and as the best city in the state.

Glendale City Court Presiding Judge Elizabeth R. Finn swore in Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff of the Cholla district.

Tolmachoff talked about attending council meetings and learning her community “was in real distress.” She said complaining was not enough; “I wanted to try to be part of the solution.”

“The future of Glendale is bright and I look forward to serving this wonderful city,” she added. “I believe by working together, we can move the city forward and I’m committed to doing that with an open door and an open mind.”

Councilmember Bart Turner from the Barrel district was sworn in at the hands of his friend, and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales.

Turner said he selected Bales to send a message to City Hall: “Only the very highest degree of professional ethics, personal integrity and legal adherence is anticipated and nothing else will be tolerated.”

“You have my promise that I will do my very best in this endeavor, and I will always be available to you via phone, e-mail and in person,” he said.