New Washington Mayor Sworn In

The city of Washington officially now has a new mayor. Archie Jennings was sworn in as the new mayor late Monday afternoon.

With his right hand raised and his left hand on the Bible with the rest of his family--Archie Jennings was officially sworn in as the mayor of Washington. Jennings spent the last four years on Washington's city council and now takes over for outgoing mayor, Judy Jennette.

It was an emotional farewell for Jennette who finished her second-term as mayor, but finished a total of 20 years on city council.

As tradition holds--the newly elected mayor's first item of business was to elect the mayor pro-tem, which is usually given to the highest vote-getter in the November election. The tradition continued as former city planner Bobby Roberson was named mayor pro-tem.


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  • by Concerned Location: Washington on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Watch this new mayor who works full-time in Greenville. Let's hope new Mayor Pro Tempore Bobby Roberson, who works part-time based in another city, will be in charge when new Mayor Archie Jennings is not around. Watch out if Jennings and Roberson are not in Washington because, most likely, former Mayor Pro Tempore Doug Mercer will be the stand-in mayor. Wow! To WITN: In addition to Roberson, there are two other new council members, Ed Moultrie and William Pitt, who were conspicuously left out of your report. Be wary of Mayor Jennings' "humbling" perceived power - he only can vote on an issue when there is a tie among council members if a council member is either absent or has recused himself from a vote. Therefore, the real power rests with the council members, not the mayor. Be cautioned of the new mayor's political action committee - which takes credit for his election - that has him tied to its interests in the eastern end of Washington in the downtown area near the Pamlico River.
  • by Holly Location: Chocowinity on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Didin't you notice??? Your written and video reports of Archie Jennings during the swearing-in ceremony say that his right hand was on the Bible and he raised his left hand. NOT! I just saw the news video that showed his left hand was on the Bible while he raised his right hand. That's the way it's done for any swearing in!!!
  • by Fred Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    He raised his RIGHT hand with his left on the Bible. Watch the video.
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