ELMHURST – After five months of mayoral service, Elmhurst's acting Mayor Scott Levin swore in 10 newly elected City Council members, reciting the oath by memory to each during Monday's meeting.
"You didn't read from a card, as is customary," Third Ward alderman Dannee Polomsky said to Levin. "You memorized the oath."
She saw the gesture as exemplary of Levin's commitment to Elmhurst.
With Levin returning to his position as 5th Ward alderman, Steve Morley, formerly 6th Ward alderman, took his seat as Elmhurst's new mayor Monday night.
"Communication is key especially during these times where we're going to have to make some difficult decisions," Morley said following a public forum addressing the city's flooding issues.
Norman Leader, Michael Bram, Kevin York, Chris Healy and Jim Kennedy all returned to their positions as aldermen. After an election that was too close to call the night of April 9, Patrick Wagner also was sworn in to his seat as 7th Ward alderman, winning by 23 votes.
Newcomer Marti Deuter joined the council with the 1st Ward. Elaine Libovicz took the oath of office for treasurer and Patty Spencer returned as city clerk.
Morley's election to mayor leaves the 6th Ward with an open alderman seat that will be filled by mayoral appointment and approved by the City Council. Residents can find an application for the position on the Elmhurst city website, elmhurst.org.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 15 and may be mailed or dropped off at City Hall, 209 N. York St. The new 6th Ward alderman will serve a two-year term until the April 2015 election.
Morley concluded his comments during his first City Council meeting as mayor by assuring residents that he and his fellow aldermen are committed to finding the best solution to the city's ongoing flooding issues.
"We can do better," Morley said. "And we'll strive to do better."