Riverfront Park as backdrop honors city’s Expo overhaul
The new faces of Spokane city government will take their oaths of offices on three successive days late next week.
Mayor-elect David Condon will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 30 in front of the Riverfront Park Clocktower.
Condon said he has planned “a fully city-executed event.”
The presiding judge of the city’s Municipal Court, Mary Logan, will administer his oath and city’s police and fire honor guards will be featured. He said he will make brief remarks after he is sworn in.
Condon said he chose the Clocktower, which was built as part of the Great Northern Railroad depot, as a symbol of the city’s history. Holding the ceremony in Riverfront Park, he said, is a reminder of Expo ’74 (the year he was born) and the major overhaul the city accomplished to host that World’s Fair.
Council President-elect Ben Stuckart will take his oath of office at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. Stuckart has chosen U.S. Attorney Mike Ormbsy to swear him in.
Stuckart served on the museum’s board of directors until he recently resigned in preparation for taking office. He said he will give an address after he is sworn in.
“The MAC is one of the centerpieces of our community,” Stuckart said when asked why he picked the museum as the setting for his oath. “It includes not only our history of the last 100 years, but the history of the region’s first people.”
Council members-elect Mike Allen, Mike Fagan and Steve Salvatori will take their oaths at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
None of the new city officials will officially take office until midnight on Jan. 1, but under state law they must take the oath of office within 10 days prior to that time. Oaths can be administered by any notary public, judge or clerk of a court.