Retiring council members Russ Lesser and Jim Walker stepped down amid presentations and applause Tuesday night, as newly elected council members Connie Sieber and Larry Dougharty began four-year terms.
Sieber and Dougharty were presented with whistles by Councilwoman Jan Dennis, who encouraged them to "whistle if you need any help or you think we can be of service to you."
Sieber, a former member of the city Public Works Commission, thanked her supporters and those who packed the crowded chambers to welcome her. Dougharty praised Lesser and Walker for their "outstanding" work on the council.
Lesser, who was elected to the council in 1978, said the eight years have passed quickly. In that time, he said, the city has increased its parkland, developed the Chevron property and lowered the crime rate.