Three Saline residents were sworn in as representatives on Saline City Council at Monday’s meeting. Linda TerHaar, Jack Ceo and Heidi McClelland were sworn in by Judge Timothy P. Connors. All three were elected in November – McClelland and Ceo for the first time.
McClelland, who owns a photography business, was joined by her parents, husband Scott, and children Quinn, Avery and Kaleigh at the front of the council chambers. For McClelland, the experience was a first.
“It was a little nerve-racking but it was great. I was glad to have my family join me,” McClelland said.
Linda TerHaar, a retired librarian, was sworn in for the fourth time. She was joined by her husband Bruce Westlake. She said she begins her third full term on council with confidence.
“I feel I’m confident in my approach to issues and I feel like I’ve been effective in expressing my point of view and making sure it is heard,” TerHaar said.
Ceo, a long-time police officer, was most familiar with Judge Connors. In fact, Ceo noted, he’d taken oath to the tell the truth in front of the judge many times in his career. Ceo said he was ready to work for the city in a new role.
“I look forward to the coming year and the challenges before us,” Ceo said.
Veteran councilor Dean Girbach chuckled and said Judge Connors let the freshly sworn-in councilors off easy. In the past, councilors were required to repeat the entire oath. Connors recited the oath and only required the candidates to say “I do.”