New, Returning City of Palm Bay Council Members Sworn Into Office Monday Night
By Space Coast Daily // November 24, 2016
Santiago unanimously voted as Deputy Mayor
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – New and returning members of Palm Bay City Council were sworn in this past Monday evening at a special Council meeting.
City Attorney Andrew Lannon administered the Oath of Office for newly elected Councilman Brian Jacob Anderson (Seat 3), returning Councilman Harry Santiago Jr. (Seat 2), and returning Mayor William Capote.
The evening’s proceedings began with public comments from supporters of outgoing Councilwoman Michelle Paccione. Paccione’s colleagues praised her commitment to public service and her efforts to make Palm Bay a better place during her eight years on Palm Bay City Council.
Paccione followed with remarks of her own, reflecting back on her time on Palm Bay City Council and thanking her fellow Councilmen, her supporters and her family.
“I’m looking for that better tomorrow for my community, no matter where I live and no matter what I do,” said Paccione.
“I want everyone to remember to make sure you do what’s best for your community. Do it for them.”
Following her remarks, Paccione was presented a plaque by City Attorney Andrew Lannon in commemoration of her eight years of service to the City of Palm Bay.
Special presentations were also made to Councilman Harry Santiago Jr. and Mayor William Capote.
Santiago received a plaque honoring his service to the City of Palm Bay during his first four years on City Council. Capote was presented a plaque commemorating his leadership and stewardship while serving as Mayor of the City of Palm Bay.
Both awards were presented by the City Attorney on behalf of the citizens of the City of Palm Bay.
Following the presentations, City Attorney Andrew Lannon administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected officials, beginning with first-time member Brian Jacob Anderson.
ABOVE VIDEO: Bill Mick LIVE interviews Brian Jacob Anderson, who was running and won for Palm Bay city council seat 3.
Anderson was sworn in for Seat 3, replacing the outgoing Paccione. Anderson cited the support of his family as the reason for his success, as well as the driving force behind his desire to serve on City Council.
“I care about every Palm Bay family and think of Palm Bay as a big family,” said Anderson.
“I moved here in 1985 and in the last eight years I have seen more progression than I did in the 20 years prior. I am so proud to be a member of this Council. I think with the Council you have today, you guys are going to see a whole new Palm Bay.”
Santiago was then sworn in his second term representing Council Seat 2.
During the comments following his appointment Santiago said, “This is a really, really important time. You guys just did something very special. You elected a new Council and you also voted for seven referendums.
“I think the reason why you did that is that you’re all looking for a new city. I look forward to serving you for the next four years and I say together let’s make this city the best city in Brevard County.”
Following the swearing in proceedings, Santiago was unanimously voted Deputy Mayor by his fellow Councilmen.
The final Oath of Office of the evening was administered to newly reelected Mayor William Capote, who began his remarks following his swearing in with a tribute to outgoing Councilwoman Paccione.
Referring to her as his colleague and partner, Capote praised the work she has done for the City and echoed her earlier sentiments, saying, “It’s all about the service.”
“I’m here to serve everybody, whether I disagree with you on one issue or not,” said Capote. “That’s who I am and that’s why I got elected.”
Capote also had kind words for his wife Anita, his sister, and his kids, praising their support during his campaign. The Mayor concluded his remarks saying, “God Bless you all. Let’s do some work and do some great things.”
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