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New leaders arrive for Bremerton — they swear

It was over in a flash — the swearing-in of Mayor Cary Bozeman, two new Bremerton City Council members, two re-elected Council members, two appointed, but now elected Council members, and one re-elected municipal judge.

All it took was 45 minutes Thursday afternoon at the Admiral Theatre. After Judge Terry McCluskey swore-in re-elected city municipal judge, James Doctor, Doctor then did the honors for the rest: Carol Arends, Mike Shepherd, Eric Younger, Mike Short, Daren Nygren, Will Maupin, and Bozeman.

Newly elected Council member and former mayor, Glenn Jarstad, was unable to attend due to illness. He was to be sworn in Friday, Dec. 28.

Every speech was short and sweet. Some highlights:

• Arends: “It’s really a glorious day. I hope we all measure up to this honor.”

• Shepherd: “I’d really like to thank the legislative staff for being such a help to the Council. I just hope we live up to your expectations over the next four years.”

• Younger: “We have a lot of exciting things happening in Bremerton right now — with more just around the corner.”

• Short: “I’d like to thank the outgoing Council, and read you a quote, ‘Once you are moving in the direction of your goals, nothing can stop you.’”

• Nygren: “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work for Bremerton.”

• Maupin: “When I retired from the Shipyard a year ago, I was looking for a way to serve the city. You’ve given me that opportunity.”

• Finally, Bozeman spoke:

“I invoke executive privilege and will speak for six minutes,” he said to applause and laughter.

“I want to say how excited I am working with this Council. I’ve met with each and we all agree we can’t work together except as a team.... You’re going to get change — it may be more than you wanted, but you’re going to get change.”

He went on to admit the city is in a tough spot.

“It’s a tough budget — bare bones. The solution is to make the economy grow. A lot of people see Bremerton as a great investment.”

Bozeman ended by telling of a

letter he received from a voter, warning, “We will be watching you.” Bozeman said, “No, no. It’s not just up to us, We all have to get involved. I want you to grab the rope with us and pull.”

At that, Bozeman got a standing ovation and the ceremony was over. About 200 of the town’s movers and shakers attended and

stuck around to schmooze over the buffet.

Grocer Nick Garguile said, “We’re all excited about the new team.”

One member of an old Bremerton family summed up Bremerton’s hopes.

“I have great confidence they’re going to get the job done,” said Joan Soriano.

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