City inauguration

Chief Justice Mark Cady administers oath to FD mayor, council

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich, center, congratulates members of the City Council Tuesday morning after they took the oath of office. The councilmembers are, from left, Dean Hill, Terry Moehnke, Kim Alstott, Lydia Schuur and Dave Flattery.

The newest member of the Fort Dodge City Council joined the re-elected mayor and councilmembers in taking the oath of office in a Tuesday morning ceremony that formally installed the city’s leaders.

The new councilmember, Lydia Schuur, stood with re-elected councilmen Kim Alstott, Dave Flattery, Dean Hill and Terry Moehnke as Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, a Fort Dodge resident, led them in reciting the oath of office in a Municipal Building ceremony.

Minutes later, Cady administered the oath of office to Mayor Matt Bemrich, who was re-elected to a third term in November.

About 50 people were in the council meeting room for the inauguration ceremony.

“The path to public service has many different routes, but they all end at this time, at this moment, with this final stage of the public oath of office,” Cady said. “This public oath, as you will hear, is what binds everyone together that serves in public.”

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady speaks Tuesday morning before administering the oath of office to members of the Fort Dodge City Council. Newly elected Councilwoman Lydia Schuur and Councilman Dave Flattery listen.

According to Cady, the oath symbolizes “the commitment to public service, the commitment to build a better future, the commitment to do so based on the values that are our collective values in our Constitution.”

Schuur won at at-large seat on the council in the November general election. She replaces former Councilman Andy Fritz, who lost his bid for a third term.

Moehnke is beginning his third term as the councilmember representing Ward 1, which includes the western and northwestern parts of the city plus Pleasant Valley and part of downtown.

Hill, who previously served as an at-large councilmember, is beginning his second term representing Ward 2, which is the southern part of the city.

Flattery is beginning his fourth term representing Ward 3, which is the northeastern side of the city. He was an at-large councilmember from 2008 to 2011.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, right, administers the oath of office to Fort Dodge City Council members, from left, Dean Hill, Terry Moehnke, Kim Alstott and Lydia Schuur Tuesday morning.

Alstott is beginning his fourth term representing Ward 4, which is the north central part of the city.

Councilman Jeff Halter won his second term as an at-large councilman in November, but he was not present for Tuesday’s ceremony. He was sworn into office on Dec. 19 by Deputy City Clerk Dawn Siebken.

The seventh member of the governing body, Councilman Neven Conrad, was not on the November ballot. His term doesn’t expire until the end of 2019.

The ceremony began with members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 133rd Test Squadron, based in Fort Dodge, presenting the flags of the United States and Iowa.

Vickie Reeck, the city’s economic and community development manager, sang the national anthem.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich welcomes people to the swearing-in ceremony for himself and members of the Fort Dodge City Council Tuesday morning at the Municipal Building.

The Rev. Al Henderson, of St. Paul Lutheran Church, provided the invocation.

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Related: Flattery is re-elected mayor pro tem; Committee chairs chosen

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich, left, recites the oath of office Tuesday morning for Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Bemrich was re-elected in November for his third four-year term.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
New Fort Dodge City Councilwoman Lydia Schuur takes her place at the council table Tuesday morning. Mayor Matt Bemrich and Councilman Neven Conrad are seated at right.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Members of the 133rd Test Squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard bring the flags of the United States and Iowa into the council meeting room at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building Tuesday morning for the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials.

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