The City Council certified the results of the Nov. 6 municipal elections Tuesday night and swore in winners in the races for Santa Monica Community College Board of Trustees, Rent Control Board and City Council.
The ceremony saw teary eyes as three new council members, Robert T. Holbrook, Kelly Olsen and Tony Vazquez, replaced Christine E. Reed, William H. Jennings and David B. Finkel on the dais.
The council formally recognized the service of the former council members, especially Reed, who served on the council for 15 years.
Jennings, who did not seek reelection after 11 years on the council, expressed relief as he relinquished his position.
"Free at last, free at last, thank God I'm free at last," he said.