Two new and two returning members were sworn in Tuesday to the Oklahoma City Council.
Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid won his seat in an April 5 runoff, and Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell defeated an incumbent in the March 1 primary. Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Patrick Ryan were re-elected in March.
Shadid was sworn in by Dr. Billy Stout. Greenwell was sworn in by former Councilman Jerry Foshee. Salyer was sworn in by new Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry. Ryan was sworn in by his wife, Grace.
All four received standing ovations from a capacity crowd at City Hall. The bulk of the crowd left after the swearing in ceremonies at the beginning of the meeting.
Soon after the ceremonies, those sworn in joined their four fellow council members and the mayor and began conducting city business.
The first action was a unanimous vote for two appointments to the MAPS 3 citizen advisory board.
For their first votes on a contested issue, Shadid joined Ward 4 Councilman Pete White in voting against spending about $875,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to repay a federal loan used for renovation of the historic Gold Dome at NW 23 and Classen Boulevard.
Greenwell voted with Salyer, Ryan, Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly and Mayor Mick Cornett in favor of using block grant funds to pay off the debt.
Toward the end of the council meeting, all four members sworn in Tuesday thanked the others for the reception they had received.