From Harford County government:
Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Harford County Executive David R. Craig took the oath of office for a second four year term on Monday, December 6, 2010. Joining Craig for the inaugural ceremony were Harford County Council President William K. “Billy” Boniface, and Council members Dion Guthrie, Joe Woods, James McMahan, Richard Slutzky, Chad Shrodes and Mary Ann Lisanti.
The inauguration ceremony was held on the grounds of the historic Harford County Court House on Main Street in Bel Air. Approximately 300 elected officials, guests, campaign workers and supporters attended the 30 minute ceremony. The oath of office was administered by James Reilly, Clerk of the Court for Harford County.
News Channel 2 morning anchor Jamie Costello served as the Master of Ceremonies. The colors were presented by members of the 143rd Ordnance Battalion from the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Eagle Scout Stephen Spoerl led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was immediately followed by the National Anthem performed by the Fallston Belles from Fallston High School.
Rev. Dr. Ray Roberson, of the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, the church of the Craig family, offered the invocation.
County Executive Craig’s wife Melinda held the family Bible as Craig too the oath of office. The County Executive was followed in order by President Boniface and each member of the County Council as they took the oath of office.
Upon conclusion of the County Executive’s remarks, the Fallston Belles performed America the Beautiful. The group later performed God Bless America prior to the conclusion of the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Rev. Mr. Victor Petrosino of St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air offered the benediction.
During his remarks, County Executive Craig cited Pericles when he stated, “If one has a great aim to pursue, the burden must be accepted. I humbly accept the position, the duties and the responsibilities as your county executive.” Later during his remarks, the county executive stated, “I have served with the belief that leadership of government is similar to a guardianship and that it must be done in the light of what is best not for the leaders, but for the people who placed them there.”
The inauguration was significantly scaled back from the past five inaugural ceremonies which took place at Harford Community College, which resulted in a substantial cost savings to taxpayers compared to previous inaugural events.
The County Executive will announce his Cabinet within the next two weeks. Among the changes will be a new Director of Administration and new Director of the Department of Community Services.