Eric Papenfuse Sworn In As Harrisburg Mayor

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Eric Papenfuse, a Harrisburg businessman and community activist, was sworn in  as Mayor of the City of Harrisburg on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014,  in the lobby of City Hall. The simple swearing-in ceremony was intended to send a strong message to the citizens of Harrisburg and to surrounding communities of the new Mayor’s resolve to lead a frugal, efficient and responsive government.

“The people of Harrisburg are ready for serious and dedicated leadership,” Papenfuse said.  “This is not the time for parties and pomp. This is the time for hard work and sacrifice.”

Papenfuse did not hold an inaugural ball,  breaking from the custom of previous administrations.

With his wife Cathy at his side, Papenfuse took the oath of office administered by Judge Marsha Stewart.  Judge Jeannine Turgeon administered the oath of office for City Council President Wanda Williams, City Council Members Ben Allatt, Shamaine Daniels and Eugenia Smith; and for new Controller Charles DeBrunner.

Members of the Harrisburg Police Honor Guard and of American Legion Post 733 led the posting of the colors to open the event, and Mayor Papenfuse and his children led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rev. Micah Sims provided the invocation and Rev. Walter Dockens offered a benediction to close the ceremony.

After the swearing-in ceremony, he led the media on a tour of City Hall and the Public Safety Building to highlight the reasons for his decision to keep his inauguration simple.

“Conditions are deplorable at City Hall and in areas where our dedicated police officers come to work every day,” he said.  “We want to start a fund to help repair and maintain the seat of our government, which should be a focus of pride for the entire region.”

Papenfuse said he will soon announce details of the fund to allow companies and individuals to contribute toward the upkeep of City Hall and the Public Safety Building.

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