(Annapolis, MD) WNAV — Reelected city mayor Gavin Buckley is sworn into office in downtown Annapolis on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 6. Anne Arundel Clerk of the Court Scott Poyer swore in Mayor Buckley before Buckley swore in Annapolis’ eight alderpersons.
Other festivities included a 1 p.m. parade featuring numerous local marching bands and color guards. Speakers for the event included Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representative John Sarbanes, Poet Laureate Maggie Benshaw, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, and others.
“It is my hope that this era of Annapolis will become known for our progress on equity initiatives, and also a time when our city became the resilience capital of America,” Buckley said. “We are bouncing back after COVID, we are bouncing back after the tornado and after the tragedies of gun violence.”
“I have a note here not to mention the bike lane,” the mayor added as the crowd laughed, “but I’m going to mention it as an example of resilience.”
The part of upper West St. between Church Circle and Calvert St. was closed until around 8 p.m. on Monday to accommodate the event.