It was for the Mayor and City Council Members
The Mayor and City Council Members for West Valley City who were recently elected or reelected were sworn into office at an afternoon ceremony at the West Valley City Hall.
Welcoming guests was the City Manager, Wayne T. Pyle. The flag ceremony was conducted by the West Valley City Police Department Honor Guard. An opening prayer was given by Jerry Wellman, Chaplain of the West Valley City Police Department.
Newly elected or reelected officials were sworn in with the oath of office administered by Nichole Camac, City Recorder, after which each spoke. They were:
Scott Harman, District 2
Jake Fitisemanu, Jr., District 4
Lars Nordfelt, Councilmember At-Large
Karen Lang, Mayor
"America The Beautiful" was sung by J. Michael Bailey followed by Closing Remarks from Wayne T. Pyle. Invited guests, family members, and friends were treated to refreshments accompanied with socializing.
West Valley City has long celebrated its cultural diversity. The 2010 Census Report estimated the size of the non-white community at almost 35 percent. Fulfilling the dream of former Mayor Gearld L. Wright, the city broke ground on the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in 2002, creating a space where cultures could come together to celebrate with one another.
Since opening, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center has hosted hundreds of cultural events including Scottish Festivals, Native American Pow Wows, the Utah Polynesian Festival, and an annual Day of the Dead celebration. The Center also hosts annual summer and winter concert series, numerous educational programs, world-renowned art exhibits and is home to one of only three Olmec Heads, gifted to the United States by Mexico. [www.wvc-ut.gov]
Mayor Karen Lang was elected to serve as the Mayor in 2021. She had served as the District 3 Councilmember since 2011. She was on the Planning Commision for ten years.
Jake Fitisemanu, Jr. speaks after being sworn into office. He was reelected after having served on the City Council for the past three years. He was appointed to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2015 and served until 2017 in that position.
The Mayor and all the members of the City Council expressed appreciation for the privilege of serving their fellow citizens in a city that they love.