This was an exciting week as I took the Oath of Office on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, to represent Ward 2 in the City of Norfolk. The Oath of Office Ceremony took place at the Peter G. Decker, Jr. Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk and was attended by family, friends, civic league presidents, community leaders and more. It was humbling to be part of this milestone and I know the hard work is ahead. Please see pictures below from the ceremony.
My first City Council meeting took place following the ceremony where we voted Councilman Martin Thomas Jr., who represents Ward 1, to serve as Vice Mayor. His term will be for two years. City Council meets again July 10 and July 24 and then is in recess in August until we return August 28.
So, how do you get started on Council? I have had good orientation meetings with City Administration including the City Manager, City Auditor, City Assessor, City Clerk and City Attorney. Soon, I will meet with various department heads in areas such as Public Works, Resilience, Economic Development and Planning to name a few. I will start attending Civic League meetings again to hear what is happening around Ward 2. I will start holding office hours at City Hall likely beginning in September after I have a few council meetings and more information on Ward 2 from the city perspective. I will post those hours for people to sign up to meet with me on my Facebook and Twitter channels. Also, I plan to send an email update to you at least once a month to share the happenings in Norfolk.
Grady, our new puppy, is now 8 months old and has a lot of energy. You wouldn’t know the energy part from the picture below but this is his morning nap after hours of play starting around 5:30am.
Again, thank you to all who supported my campaign. Because of you I now have this opportunity to serve Ward 2, and all the residents of Norfolk, to keep the strong momentum going in our great city.
** All photo credited to Pamela Manning of Manning Studios **