, Newburyport, MA

January 1, 2014

Inauguration ceremony postponed

Gray will still take oath of office tomorrow morning

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY — Concern over an impending winter storm has postponed tomorrow night’s inauguration of Amesbury Mayor-elect Ken Gray. As of yesterday afternoon, a make-up date had yet to be scheduled, according to event organizer Rosemary Werner.

However, Gray is still expected to be sworn in as the city’s fourth mayor tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. by City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin inside City Hall.

Werner said she spoke to Gray yesterday morning about the cancellation and was told that he was trying to coordinate a new date for the full ceremony.

“We’re afraid about the weather coming in, we’re talking a big storm and we’re concerned about everyone’s safety,” Werner said, adding she didn’t expect a new date to be finalized until tomorrow.

Werner said part of the process is reaching out to all those elected and find a date that’s mutually beneficial to everyone.

Once rescheduled, the inauguration ceremony will still be held inside Amesbury High School’s auditorium. It is still to be determined whether the original program of events, including an honor guard from the Amesbury Police Department and children from Cashman Elementary singing songs, will be included. Joan McPherson, minister from Main Street Congregational Church, will give the invocation.

The inauguration features the swearing in all of those elected to the Housing Authority, Board of Library Trustees, Planning Board, School Committee and City Council before ending with the mayor.