John Hamilton began his term as mayor of Bloomington at a swearing-in ceremony Friday.
Hamilton was elected in November with 77 percent of the vote over Republican candidate John Turnbull.
The ceremony was held at the Bloomington City Council Chambers, where there was standing room only.
It began with opening remarks from Mark Fraley, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party, and William Ellis, Chair of the Monroe County Republican Party. Fraley and Ellis remarked that they want this day to be a bi-partisan effort.
Mayor Hamilton received a standing ovation as he walked to the podium to give the closing remarks.
“Critics of government must have a goal of improving it,” Hamilton said. “Those who cherish government must always be critics, looking to make it better at what we attempt to do.”
Hamilton thanked city officials who are concluding their terms, including Mark Kruzan, who served as Bloomington Mayor for three terms.
“I will see you on the job Monday,” Hamilton concluded.
City Council Members from Bloomington were also sworn in, along with Town Council Members and Clerk-Treasurers from Ellettsville and Stinesville.