The new government of the city of Everett was sworn into power Monday night, January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Frederick F. Foresteire Center for the Performing Arts at Everett High School, during an hour long ceremony that saw 11 new city councilors, nine veteran school committee members and Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. take their oaths of office.
The 2014 Inaugural Ceremonies, which were once again perfectly coordinated between City Clerk Michael Matarazzo, the Everett School Department and Mayor DeMaria’s office, also featured music by the Everett High School Orchestra, several members of the EHS Choir and blessings from Bishop Robert G. Brown of Zion Church Ministries and Reverend Armando Gomez of Saint Anthony’s Church.
But the real stars of the show were the new City Council, taking power as the city’s new legislative body for the first time and Mayor DeMaria, who began his fourth term as Mayor, but first four year term under the new city government.
“My greatest aspiration is to serve this city,” Mayor DeMaria told the crowd of more than 100 in attendance.
In his Inaugural Address DeMaria called on the newly elected Council and the School Committee to join him in a team effort “working toward the best Everett for residents who deserve no less. . .and put Everett on a path to greatness. . .”
DeMaria spent most of his address looking ahead to what the city can be and said he is “motivated by the vision of where Everett can go” in the next four years.
The Mayor also pointed to several of his accomplishments of the past six years in office, including a “28-percent decrease in crime in the past five years,” and major infrastructure projects to improve streets, sidewalks, water and sewer systems and local parks, as well as municipal buildings in the city.
Going forward the Mayor said his administration will continue to develop systems to make city government more responsive to resident and constituent needs and told the crowd that “in the next several weeks” he will bring forward nominations for the recently established Everett Redevelopment Authority Board, which will have to be considered and voted upon by the new City Council.