PHOTOS: Elected officials sworn in before Fayetteville City Council meeting

Three new aldermen were sworn in Thursday night during a brief ceremony held before the start of the first City Council meeting of the year.

One by one, new council members Alan Long, Sarah Marsh and Martin Schoppmeyer joined recently re-elected officials Lioneld Jordan, Matthew Petty and Sondra Smith in reciting the oath of office pledges read by Fayetteville District Judge Rudy Moore Jr.

Marsh and Schoppmeyer, who each ran unopposed, replaced Ward 1 Alderwoman Brenda Boudreaux and Ward 3 Alderman Bobby Ferrell, respectively. Alan Long defeated Mike Emery in a runoff election to win the Ward 4 seat previously held by Sarah Lewis.

Matthew Petty narrowly escaped a runoff election in Ward 2 while Lioneld Jordan defeated Dan Coody to earn a second term as mayor of Fayetteville.

Sondra Smith also ran unopposed, and will serve another term as City Clerk.

Lioneld Jordan, Mayor

Sondra Smith, City Clerk

Sarah Marsh, Ward 1

Matthew Petty, Ward 2

Martin Schoppmeyer, Ward 3

Alan Long, Ward 4

Oath of Office – example

I Lioneld Jordan do solemnly swear and affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of mayor, City of Fayetteville, upon which I am now about to enter.