In a brief but well-orchestrated ceremony on June 30 at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town, the seven Council members of the Hope Town District Council were given the oath of office and immediately announced their unanimous choice for Chief and Deputy Chief Councillor. Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham conducted the ceremony with Methodist Minister, Rev. Marie Neilly, opening and closing the event with prayer.
The harmony and organization exhibited followed the historical cooperation the three towns have exhibited over the past five local government terms. The group was complimented by Mr. Cunningham for its cooperation and administrative abilities in dealing with three separate archipelagic towns with no common transportation links.
Taking office through an oath of affirmation is an option for those whose religion objects to being “sworn-in.” Since the oath was administered in the Methodist church, all chose to be affirmed.
Members of the Hope Town District are Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor, Man-O-War; Harold Malone, Deputy Chief Councillor, Hope Town; Arthur Eldon, Man-O-War; Tad Sands, Man-O-War; Donald Carey, Hope Town; Donald Cash, Hope Town; Glenn Laing, Guana Cay.
Following the ceremony, refreshments were served at Harbour’s Edge while guests waited for the ferry to return to Marsh Harbour.