Local government

Out with old and in with the new, Ontario City Council marks transfer of power

VALE – A standing-room-only crowd greeted the Ontario City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 10, to mark the swearing in of a new mayor and three councilors.

Mayor Debbie Folden and council members Penny Bakefeld, Ken Hart and Susann Mills were sworn into their terms at the meeting.

Mills, Hart and Bakefelt acquired the most votes for three open council seats in the November election while Folden defeated incumbent mayor Riley Hill and Councilor Eddie Melendrez for the city’s top political slot.

Hart was sworn in via Zoom because he was in Texas.

Each new council member was sworn in by City Clerk Tori Barnett, often with friends and family standing by.

Ontario resident Penny Bakefelt was sworn in as the newest member of the Ontario City Council Tuesday, Jan. 10. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
New mayor Debbie Folden wasted no time Tuesday night after she was sworn in and took her seat at the council dais to begin the city council meeting. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
Penny Bakefelt is sworn in as a city councilor by Ontario City Clerk Tori Barnett. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
Ontario City councilor Susann Mills takes the oath of office, Tuesday, Jan. 10. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
Ontario City Clerk Tori Barnett (center) prepares to present an award of appreciation to former mayor Riley Hill (left) while city manager Dan Cummings looks on. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
A large crowd was on hand for the swearing in ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Ontario City Hall. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)
Former Ontario City Councilor Michael Braden says a few words before he officially steps down from his post, Tuesday, Jan. 10. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

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