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A Wednesday ceremony in Fredericksburg’s City Council Chambers featured three formal Oath of Offices and the election of a new Vice Mayor.
The event began with the Honorable Gordon F. Willis, Presiding Judge of Fredericksburg Circuit Court, swearing in Mary Katherine Greenlaw as mayor and Kerry P. Devine and Matthew J. Kelly as at-large Council members for 4-year terms. All three incumbents won re-election May 5.
Following the ceremony, City Council unanimously elected Councilor Charlie “Chuck” Frye, Jr. as vice mayor. “It’s an honor to be nominated by Council and supported with a unanimous decision to be the vice mayor,” said Frye. In addition to maintaining his duties as Councilor for Ward 4, Frye will be called upon to act as mayor during times of the Mayor’s absence.
After each City Council election, Council nominates and votes on the vice mayor for a two-year term. Councilor William C. Withers, Jr. most recently served as vice mayor. On Wednesday, City Council thanked Mr. Withers for his leadership as vice mayor and dedicated service during several terms as councilor.
Frye was first elected to City Council in 2014 and has supported many important initiatives during his six years in office. “Councilor Frye has advanced the efforts for the relocation of the slave auction block and the naming of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge on Fall Hill Avenue. He has also created and implemented successful community initiatives including the City’s Gun Give Back program and the Midnight Madness program for City teenagers,” said Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. “I look forward to working with our new Vice Mayor and City Council, including our re-elected Councilors Devine and Kelly.”
Frye, who has been employed by UPS for nineteen years, is tremendously proud of his community and has been actively engaged in serving the needs of its residents. Frye said: “I want every citizen to know that you can make a difference in your community, even those who aren’t old enough to vote yet. We all have something to contribute.”