Marlene Feist, Interim Communications Director, 509.625.6505
Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:04 p.m.
Under the tent of the renovated Pavilion, Nadine Woodward was sworn in as Spokane’s 45th Mayor. Hundreds of citizens joined in the celebration, held at noon on Dec. 30 with light snow falling.
The ceremony featured an honor song by members of the Spokane and Kalispel tribes, an invocation by Phil Altmeyer of the Union Gospel Mission, and presentation of the colors by a joint Honor Guard that included Spokane Police officers, Spokane Fire officers, and tribal members, among other highlights.
Spokane Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan administered the oath of the office, and former KREM TV news anchor Charles Rowe was the master of ceremonies
“I believe that if we work together we will continue to build upon our economic prosperity, make our neighborhoods and downtown core safer and comfortable for everyone, and develop and implement solutions for the issues we face every day,” Mayor Woodward said during her brief speech.
Mayor Woodward said she was looking forward to establishing a strong working relationship with the members of the Spokane City Council, and she stressed how important it is for our citizens to work collaboratively on concerns and to celebrate successes. “When we work together, we will continue to make our city stronger,” she said.
Mayor Woodward was elected to the City’s highest post in November; she officially begins her four-year term of office on Jan. 1.