As reported in the Cecil Whig, Cecil County’s new form of government begins today with the swearing-in of a county executive and councilmembers, and a lesson on home rule in Maryland.
Tari Moore took the oath becoming the first county executive, a new office created by the charter that voters approved in November of 2010.
“I recognize the great burden and the high expectations that fall on me as I assume this office,” Moore said. “I will not let you down.”
She talked about the many challenges facing her and the county council that meets for the first time Tuesday.
Moore made it clear she feels the voters spoke on Election Day with a voice for better government, not one that shows “division and aimlessness that has sometimes characterized our politics in the recent past.”
“We here in Cecil County stand on the brink of a new frontier,” she said.
Also from the Cecil Whig coverage:
Prior to Moore’s oath of office, Alan McCarthy, a Republican from Chesapeake City, was the first newly elected official to be sworn into office Monday by Clerk of the Court Derrick Lowe.
McCarthy, who has not previously held an elected office, beat Jim Mullin in the Republican primary and went on to beat Democrat challenger Pam Bailey in the general election.
McCarthy, from District 1, noted the historic value of Monday’s ceremony when he began to address the crowd.
“I hope to bring some sensible solutions to county government,” McCarthy said before thanking some of his ardent supporters by name.
“Tomorrow the work begins,” he said.