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Mayor, council members take oath of office

Sears, Henning recognized for service

 mayor and council members
5c07fd7d99249Mayor Roger Foster, left, stands with outgoing council members Travis Sears and Judy Henning, who were recognized for their years of service to the citizens of Crete.
Newly elected council members Brian Carnes, left, and Ryan Hinz, right, with reelected Mayor Roger Foster, center right, and council member Chuck Vyhnalek take the oath of office administered by City Clerk Judi Meyer.
Finance Director Jerry Wilcox changes the nameplates on the voting board in the council chambers to reflect new council representation.
Guests at the regular council meeting were students and sponsors of Crete High School's Grassroots Leadership Development Program who took a photo with Mayor Foster, outgoing and new council members, and City Administrator Tom Ourada.
The regular city council meeting is reconvened with the new council members in place. (Current council member Jack Oelschlager was absent.)
Mayor Roger Foster, left, stands with outgoing council members Travis Sears and Judy Henning, who were recognized for their years of service to the citizens of Crete.

Mayor Roger Foster, council member Chuck Vyhnalek and two, newly elected officials took the oath of office at Tuesday’s regular council meeting while two longtime officials were recognized for their service to the City of Crete.

Foster won his bid for a third term in November, while Vyhnalek ran unopposed in Ward 3. New council members are Brian Carnes, who was unopposed in Ward 1, and Ryan Hinz, who won the Ward 2 council seat. Ward 1 council member Dave Bauer was elected Council President during the regular meeting.

Recognized for their dedication and service to the citizens of Crete were outgoing council members Judy Henning from Ward 2 and Travis Sears from Ward 1.

Henning served the council first as a Ward 2 representative starting in 1981. She was a two-term mayor from 1998-2006 and was appointed to fill a council vacancy in 2013. She was chairperson of the Legislative/Community Development Committee and sat on the Parks and Recreation and Public Works committees.

Sears did not seek reelection after serving two terms since 2010 in addition to a term from 2003-2006. He was the current council president and chairperson of the Finance Committee as well as sitting on the Public Safety and Public Works committees.