New leaders sworn in at City Hall

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Newly sworn-in Councilman Ron McRady and Mayor Barbara Woods share a light moment in Lewisburg City Hall before others predict hardship for the new panel.

With troubling reports about the nearby General Motors plant before and after Monday's ceremony at City Hall, two newly elected leaders were sworn into office with modest fanfare.

Mayor Barbara Woods and Councilman Ronald McRady were sworn in at 10 a.m. by City Treasurer/Recorder Connie Eddy as about 40 friends, family and officials witnessed the change of administrations.

Now former Mayor Bob Phillips' role was to introduce Edde, congratulate his successor and the new councilman and then stand aside, which he did with a few private words of encouragement despite concerns noted by others about GM.

"This Council has a real challenge," the Rev. Steve Thomas said.

Thomas is one of the city's police chaplains and a member of the Police Advisory Board who also noted the city's councils have done "good things." Nevertheless, the pastor said, "It's a challenging time for all governments."

Woods thanked her supporters.

"I appreciate it and I look forward to doing the job I have to do," she said.

McRady reasserted his promise "to serve and not be self-serving," but the retired state financial officer also said, "We've got some troubled times."

The new councilman's twin brother, Donald, attended, commenting that he's been gone from Lewisburg so long that "a lot of people don't know there are two of us." He's worked in Alabama, Texas and Spring Hill.

At least one of the city's senior statesmen congratulated Donald McRady for his election to the Council seat to be occupied by twin Ronald McRady.

As the crowd thinned from the Council's meeting room, Woods, City Manager Eddie Fuller, Councilmen Odie Whitehead Jr. and Hershel Davis were seen in a back corner of the room.

Was it a violation of the state's open meetings law?

"Here's the gist," Woods explained. "He (Fuller) is going to get me a key to City all and he wants to know how fast I'll get into the office."