EDMOND — Mayor Charles Lamb and Councilmen Darrell A. Davis and Nick Massey were surrounded by family and friends as they took the oath of office this week.
All three have been on the Edmond City Council since being appointed to fill the terms of members who resigned or moved on to another council position.
Lamb and Massey were successful against their opponents in the April 2 general election. Davis did not draw an opponent.
Lamb won with 81.7 percent of the vote over Richard Prawdzienski.
Lamb, who was appointed mayor more than 18 months ago, will serve a full two-year term. He has been on the Edmond council for 16 years, serving the majority of the time representing Ward 3.
“This was different to me,” Lamb said after the swearing-in ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd. “It was different because I was in charge of orchestrating the script.”
Lamb's wife, two children, five grandchildren, his mother-in-law and father-in-law joined him for the ceremony.
His two granddaughters played a role in his decision to run for office again, putting his retirement plans on hold for another two years. They were concerned they couldn't ride in the annual downtown Christmas parade if their grandfather wasn't the mayor of Edmond.
Lamb also wanted to see major construction projects, including the new public safety center and competitive swimming pool, completed while he is in office.
Massey, the Ward 4 councilman, beat challenger Shilpa Abbitt with 67.4 percent of the vote. Massey was appointed to the Ward 4 job a year ago.
“It's exciting to have actually gone through an election and have a number of people actually go out and vote, check the box and say they support what I was doing,” Massey said. “It's a very humbling experience. I feel more connected to the public than before.”
Davis was first sworn into office in November 2011 after being appointed to the Ward 3 job when Lamb was appointed mayor because Mayor Patrice Douglas resigned to become a state corporation commissioner.
“This is another milestone in my life,” Davis said. “It's wonderful, humbling for me in this first election to represent this great town.”
Davis and Massey will serve four-year terms.