Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore and three town council members who won election in November received their Oaths of Office Tuesday night at the Smithfield Town Hall.
Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Tom Lock administered the Oaths to Mayor Moore, Councilman John A. Dunn, Councilman Steve Rabil, and Councilman Roger A. Wood.
“Thanks to my family for the last 20 years who have put up with me and afforded me this opportunity,” Mayor Moore said after receiving his Oath. Mayor Moore, Dunn and Rabil were all re-elected to their respective positions. Wood won the seat vacated by Councilman Emery Ashley who did not seek re-election this year.
Mayor Moore presented Ashley with an honorary Key to the City for his 8 years of service as a town councilman. Ashley thanked his family for their support and for the citizens of Smithfield for allowing him to serve. “It’s where the rubber meets the road. Seven people discuss issues and share opinions and hopefully come up with the right decision. It’s not an easy task,” Ashley said after receiving the honor and reflecting back on his service. “I’m going to miss being up here. I’ve enjoyed it. Thank you very very much.”
Councilman David Stevens thanked Ashley for his service. “You’ve always had good ideas… never a harsh word. You certainly will be missed.”
At the conclusion of the Oath of Office Ceremony, the board voted unanimously to appoint John Dunn as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. Council members Travis Scott, David Barbour and Marlon Lee did not attend the meeting.