Elected and appointed Woodbridge officials were sworn in Friday afternoon for a new term starting July 1.
Guests of honor at the swearing in were Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Comptroller Kevin Lembo as well as State Sen. Joseph Crisco.
Crisco administered the oath for the appointed officials, and Wyman administered the oath for elected officials, including the Board of Selectmen.
Rev. Gene Gianelli offered the invocation and Elizabeth Smolinski delivered a beautiful rendering of America the Beautiful.
Due to the uncertain weather, the ceremony had to be moved to the Center gym. Even so, it was well attended by those taking office, their families and friends, and many town employees.
A special treat was the addition of a classical trio, which set an amicable tone prior to the opening of the ceremony.
The event was infused by the memory of the late Ed Sheehy, who died unexpectedly two weeks before the May 6 election.
Town Counsel Gerald Weiner, who functioned as master of ceremonies, spoke of a “tremendous man and a close personal friend,” before he asked the audience to observe a moment of silence.
He expressed the town’s gratitude to Selectman Beth Heller, who stepped up to the plate when the untimely death left the town without an executive for a few days. She received enthusiastic applause.
Ellie Sheehy, the late first selectman’s wife, was asked to administer the oath of office to incoming First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
Ellen Scalettar in a brief speech summarized the values that the town stands for and that she, as first selectman, plans to uphold. She spoke of the schools, the excellent level of public service, the library, Massaro Farm; also the preservation of open space.
In terms of town government, she mentioned the first responders whose role has become so very pertinent in the last couple of years, when the area was hit by severe weather events.
“We value our past,” she said, and held up the preservation of the South School project.
She also mentioned the town hall staff as one of the town’s assets. Town Hall employees helped keep things running when the death of the first selectman suddenly changed the playing field.
“Woodbridge has a transition expert,” she said, referring to Executive Assistant Geraldine Shaw.
Scalettar said she did see some challenges ahead, in particular the future of the Country Club of Woodbridge; the pursuit of clean and reliable energy, continuance of sound fiscal management and strategic planning.
She invited all residents to bring concerns to the Town Hall.
Lieutenant Gov. Wyman said she and Scalettar served as state representatives together in the 1990s.
“She put herself 110% in,” Wyman said, adding that Scalettar will surely do the same as first selectman. “This town is in great hands going forward,” she said.