Swearing-in ceremony held for new San Pedro Town Council

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 9            March 13, 2003

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Commissioner of the Supreme Court Baldemar Graniel Sr. (left) prepares to swear-in new Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and Town Councilors

The Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and the remaining members of the San Pedro Town Councilors were officially sworn-in at a formal ceremony on Tuesday evening, March 11th at the San Pedro Town Hall. Officiating at the "Swearing-in Ceremony" was Commissioner of the Supreme Court, Baldemar Graniel Sr. Announced as the newly appointed Deputy Mayor was Senior Justice of the Peace Severo Guerrero Sr. Also present were the Area Representative for Belize Rural South, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr.; Local Government Officer from the Ministry of Local Government, Mr. Aniki Palacio; numerous supporters and friends.

    Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Kevin Gonzalez welcomed the gathering and stated that the evening's ceremony was a historic occasion. "Tonight we are experiencing a change of guard, long anticipated," Mr. Gonzalez said. Following the playing of the national anthem Mr. Lucio Guerrero, Lay Minister of the Catholic Church gave the invocation. Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. then addressed the gathering, stating that the new mayoress and councilors had a hard task ahead but he trusted that they were able and willing to go through with it. He pledged his support to the new town council saying, "Let us forget about colors and work together for the betterment of our beloved San Pedro."

    Following the swearing-in ceremonies, Her Ladyship, Mayoress Elsa Paz gave the vote of thanks and ended her address saying, "I hope to show you that I can prove my capability and strength in this new position as Mayoress of San Pedro Town. Let us unite to serve our community with dignity and love." 

    After the formalities, a small reception was held to congratulate the newly appointed town council.

    The new San Pedro Town Council consists of Mayoress Elsa Paz, Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero Sr., J.P., Justiniano Guerrero, Romel Nesto Gomez, Juan Alamilla, Joseph Elijio and Merlene "Mel" Spain, J.P.



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