AUGUSTA — City councilors and school board members elected in November, as well as Mayor David Rollins, will take their oaths of office Thursday.

Swearing them in will be two Augusta residents who’ve held one or more of those seats themselves: Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, a former mayor; and William Burney, a former mayor, city councilor and school board chairman.

Katz is expected to administer the oaths of office to Rollins; Marci Alexander, who was elected to an at-large council seat; and re-elected Ward 2 Councilor Darek Grant.

Burney, meanwhile, is expected to administer oaths to new school board members Tom Connors, at large; April Cusick, Ward 3; and Laura Hamilton, who was re-elected to her Ward 4 school board seat.

Rollins said he plans to speak as part of the inauguration ceremonies.

“I’ll thank everybody for the re-election. I’ll recap some of the last year and talk a bit about what I think is going to happen this year,” Rollins said Tuesday.

He said he probably will discuss goals for the coming year, including minimizing the next budget’s effect on taxpayers, continuing economic growth in the city, and working on improving public safety and awareness to address a heroin and opiate epidemic.

Rollins, Grant and Alexander were all unchallenged in their elections, as were Hamilton and Connors.

Alexander will fill the at-large seat vacated by Dan Emery, who did not seek re-election.

Cusick defeated Ray Dostie to win the Ward 3 Board of Education seat. The seat previously was held by Nicole Desjardins, who did not seek re-election.

The inauguration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at Augusta City Center.

The ceremony will be followed by a brief council meeting with agenda items including the appointment of Ansley Sawyer and reappointment of Martha Muetzel to the Conservation Commission.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj

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