While they won’t officially take office until Jan. 1, Middletown’s newest council members-elect — Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori — have been sworn-in.
Middletown’s city charter requires newly-elected council members to take their oaths of office in December prior to taking office.
Vitori, who will be serving her first term on council, said she was “grateful and humbled” at the opportunity to be able to serve on council and was looking forward to serving the city for the next four years.
“I know that this is a great time in Middletown’s history and I feel very lucky to be here and to have the support of my family with whom I could do none of this…” she said. “… I am just glad I got this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to all of the positive changes that I know can happen for our town.”
Joe Mulligan was accompanied by his father Larry Mulligan Sr., who held a family Bible as he took his oath of office. This is Mulligan’s second term on council following a two-year break.
“The facts and figures that (his brother Mayor Larry Mulligan) shared during his State of the City really hit home with me, because this Middletown we’re in now is a much different place that it was in 2006 when I moved back here,” Joe Mulligan said. “Much better, much brighter and certainly much better than 2011 when I was first elected to city council.’
He said there is a new excitement in the city.
“I’m just looking forward to continuing to lead Middletown’s comeback,” Mulligan said. “My promise and commitment to you is that we will give you a council and a city you can be proud of and I will do my level best to make sure that keep government accountable for results and that we do reach that brighter future that the mayor discussed.”
Vitori was the leading vote-getter in November for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council.
Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to results.
Mulligan received 31.6 percent of the vote in Butler County and 32.7 percent in Warren County, according to results.