FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick mayor and board of aldermen were sworn in Thursday to serve the city for four years.
The five member board of aldermen includes two incumbents, Democrats Kelly Russell, who's the new president pro tem, and Michael O'Connor. The new aldermen for the 61st administration include Democrats Josh Bokee, Donna Kuzemchak and Republican Phil Dacey. Kuzemchak previously served as aldermen for three terms.
Republican Mayor Randy McClement will begin his second term and says some his goals are to keep the budget in check and taxes low for residents.
"There's a lot of nice things we'd be able to do," McClement said. "I think the aldermen have some great ideas. We just need to find out what our financial status is for the next couple years to see what we can accomplish."
McClement said continuing to consistently provide basic services is another goal.
"They always want to be able to get up in the morning and turn on their water and the next day see that their trash has been removed and they can get out on the streets and drive safely," McClement said. "Those are things we need to emphasize because that's what a municipality does."
Listening to what residents want it something McClement said is important to him for his second term.
"The big thing is to think about what the citizens are looking for, and we were elected to help move the citizen's agenda forward," McClement said. "The budget actually drives a lot of that. In the past couple years what we've done is have the citizens come out and give us what their priorities are so that we know what little dollars we have how to prioritize them based on their requests."
Mayor McClement says he's already had a meeting with the new board to listen to fresh ideas for taking the City of Frederick forward.