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Three members of the Gallatin City Council were sworn in by Sumner County Circuit Court Judge Joe Thompson during a virtual meeting Tuesday. SUBMITTED

The Gallatin City Council held its first virtual swearing in ceremony for newly elected members Tuesday.

At-Large Councilman Shawn Fennell, District 1 Councilwoman Lynda Bradley Love and District 2 Councilwoman Eileen George were sworn in by Sumner County Circuit Court Judge Joe Thompson.

“I’m looking forward to working with you all in the years ahead,” Mayor Paige Brown said Tuesday. “We’re going to have a good time; we’re going to get some hard work done and keep working for the city and citizens of Gallatin.”

Fennell and Love have each served on the city council since 2016 while George, a political newcomer, replaces former councilman Steve Camp who chose not to seek re-election last year.

“I just want to thank the people from District 2 for letting me serve and represent them on this council,” Camp said in his final address to the council Tuesday. “I really appreciate the council members. We had a pretty good comradery up there most of the time and we got some good things accomplished. With that, I’ll move on.”

Following the ceremony, Fennell was chosen to be the vice mayor. The position was previously held by Camp.

According to the city’s municipal code, a new vice mayor is chosen every two years and “shall act as mayor during any temporary absence or inability of the mayor to act or whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor.”

Love was also chosen as the city council’s representative on the planning commission. She was nominated by Fennell, who previously held the position.

“She would be a great person for that position,” Fennell said prior to the vote. “She is compassionate, she will listen to the citizens and I think she would be a wonderful asset on the planning commission.”

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