Mayors, vice mayors sworn into office

The mayors and vice mayors were sworn into office at the Guam Museum in Hagatna (PNC photo)

The elected mayors and vice mayors of the different villages on Guam took their oaths of office Monday in a simple ceremony in front of the Guam Museum in Hagåtña.

Supreme Court Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido administered the oath of office to the 19 mayors and seven vice mayors who were elected and then later certified by the Guam Election Commission on November 20

Angel Sablan, the executive director of the Mayors’ Council of Guam, said this is only the 17th time this inauguration event has taken place in the past 68 years. He underscored the historic significance of this year’s event which was limited because of the pandemic.

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“While many of your family, friends, supporters, and residents would have loved to personally witness your oath-taking and we would have invited many of our leaders, we all understand that the safety of our people is utmost to any of these considerations…..So today, the 17th Mayors Council of Guam is simple, humble, limited but historic,” Sablan said.

Meanwhile, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero said the communities have spoken with the election of the local officials.

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“Mayors and Vice Mayors, you were elected because of your vision. Your message resonated with our voters,” the governor said.

The governor added that as village leaders, the mayors are advocates for the community and much of the government’s success during the pandemic was because of their efforts.