Published On: Thu, Sep 13th, 2018

Singer and Thomson Officially Sworn In

Council Member Andy Thomson sworn in by Pastor Tommy Kiedis from Spanish River Church. | Photo courtesy of www.myboca.us

By: Michael Demyan

Mayor Scott Singer and newly elected city council member Andy Thomson were officially sworn in at the organizational meeting on Sept. 12.

Singer, who has been serving as mayor since former Mayor Susan Haynie’s suspension, took the oath of office in front of Commissioner Steven Abrams. This came just one day after Haynie’s lawyer’s motion to dismiss her charges was denied by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley.

“When I was sworn in [to city council] a few years ago, I spoke of great opportunities for our city and we have achieved a lot together and I’m really excited about what more we can accomplish,” Singer said.

Thomson was sworn in by Pastor Tommy Kiedis of Spanish River Church. He narrowly defeated  Kathy Cottrell for the seat vacated by Singer during his bid to hold onto the mayor’s seat. The race was so close that it required a recount to verify Thomson as the winner.

“The election showed us that there are divisions in this city and I’m going to work with everybody up here, my new colleagues, to make sure that we try to bridge those divisions, that we help preserve our quality of life here,” Thomson said.

Mayor Scott Singer sworn in by Commissioner Steven Abrams. | Photo courtesy of myboca.us

Both Singer and Thomson thanked everyone who were by their sides and supported them during their campaigns and were ready to get to work immediately after the short ceremony.

“We’ve had successes in making it easier to do business in this city, but we still have a lot more to achieve,” Singer said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on those successes and creating a culture of innovation inside of city hall and outside of it.”

Jeremy Rodgers, who was selected by the city council members to temporarily serve as the deputy mayor before the special election, will continue in that role after council member Andrea O’Rourke began the motion. It was seconded by Thomson. Thomson was then elected as the alternate for the Transportation Planning Agency.

“I’m truly humbled to have the chance to work with my colleagues, our city staff and the people of Boca Raton, not just to find common ground, but higher ground,” Singer said.

About the Author

- Michael Demyan is the associate editor and reporter for The Boca Raton Tribune. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he received a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Twitter: @michaeldemyan

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