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Public invited to swearing-in of Diamond Valley council on Jan. 9

Diamond Valley's first elected council will be sworn in at a public event on Jan. 9 at the Legion.
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Jonathan Gordon, left, and Barry Crane shake hands at Oilfields School after the Nov. 28 municipal election. Gordon will be sworn in as councillor, and Crane as mayor, along with the other elected representatives of Diamond Valley on Jan. 9.

Diamond Valley council will be welcomed to office on Monday, Jan. 9 — and the public is invited to attend.

The oath of office ceremony for the new council of the Town of Diamond Valley will be held at the Turner Valley Legion at 7 p.m. A cocktail reception will take place before the ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m., where food and drinks will be available for purchase.

"We've opted for a full, ceremonial, swearing in and a bit of a meet and greet," said Verna Staples, Diamond Valley's legislative services supervisor.

"We thought that with it being a brand new town, (the swearing-in) deserved a little more attention than we normally give it." 

All seven of the elected officials will take their oath of office at the event.

Jonathan Gordon, Cindy Holladay, Brendan Kelly, Hazel Martin, Veronica Kloiber and Heather Thomson will be sworn in as councillors. There are three councillors each from Black Diamond and Turner Valley on the new council, and all held seats on previous town councils. Barry Crane will be sworn in as mayor.