SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The newly elected members of the South Kingstown Town Council and the South Kingstown School Committee were sworn in Monday night at the town hall.
The members of the town council, Ella Whaley, Margaret Healy, Carol Hagan McEntee, Jim O’Neill and Paul Donnelly took their oaths and will each serve a two-year term.
Whaley, McEntee and O’Neill were re-elected this year. Healy and Donnelly replace Polly Eddy and Kathy Fogarty, who have served on the council for many years. Fogarty left her position on the council to run for state representative in District 35, though she lost in the Democratic primary to incumbent Spencer Dickinson.
McEntee nominated Ella Whaley to serve a second term as president of the town council.
“She has proven herself as a leader in the past two years as president and it has been an honor to serve with her,” McEntee said. “We’ve done an awful lot of business these past two years and we’ve done it well.”
McEntee called Whaley “all-inclusive” say that she makes sure that everyone is included in her thought and decision-making processes, including all the town council members, the school committee, administrators, staff and the citizens of South Kingstown.
The town council members then voted unanimously for Whaley to serve as president.
In turn, Whaley nominated McEntee to serve as vice president, also for a second term.
“Carol has served the people and been the right-hand woman to keep this town running, looking at financial and creativity initiatives while serving the people of this town proudly,” Whaley said. “It makes my job easier when I have a wonderful vice president, such as Carol, who has served the past two years.”
In another unanimous vote, the town council members elected McEntee as vice president.
Newly elected school committee members Michelle Brousseau-Cavallaro and Jonathan Daly-LaBelle were also sworn in. Liz Morris and Scott Mueller, who were re-elected earlier this month, were unable to attend the ceremony. All will serve a four-year term, ending in 2016.
Maureen Cotter, Raissa Mosher and Kevin Jackson will continue to serve on the school committee until 2014, when their seats are up for re-election.
The committee will elect a chair and vice-chair at their next meeting, Nov. 27.
Whaley closed the ceremony by congratulating all of the elected officials.
“The South Kingstown Town Council is looking forward to a great two years in which to serve the residents of our wonderful community,” she said.