Photos by Pam Zubeck
Mayor John Suthers takes his oath of office from Municipal Judge HayDen Kane II with his wife, Janet, at his side.
Under partly cloudy skies, Mayor John Suthers and three at-large city councilors took their oaths of office on April 16 on the south side of Pioneers Museum.
Suthers, starting his second and final four-year term, began by choking up when noting the Bible upon which he swore his oath was a gift from his mother to his father 67 years ago shortly after the couple adopted Suthers in November 1951. He then joked that his wife, Janet, didn't know what she was getting herself into when she said "I do" 43 years ago, which led her to be the wife of a district attorney, U.S. Attorney, State Department of Corrections chief, attorney general of Colorado, and mayor of Colorado Springs. He noted it was his eighth oath of office in 30 years.
The only applause that interrupted his brief remarks came when he vowed to help Colorado Springs become and remain one of the great cities of America. The crowd of 300 to 400 gave the mayor a standing ovation after his address.
Taking the oath for their second terms on Council were Bill Murray and Tom Strand, while former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams was sworn in to his second term.
The full text of Suthers' speech is below.
Olympic wrestler J'den Cox sang the National Anthem.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department and Police Department presented the colors.
From left, John and Janet Suthers, Wayne Williams, Tom Strand and Bill Murray. Jon Karroll, at the podium, served as master of ceremonies.
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Mayor Suthers vowed to make the tough choices to make Colorado Springs the shining city at the foot of a great mountain and challenged citizens to do their part.