Philomath City Hall
Philomath City Hall (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The mayor and six councilors will be sworn in during a special outdoor ceremony at 7 p.m. Jan. 4, the city announced. In an effort to maintain social distancing protocols, the city set up the event to take place at the Philomath Middle School outdoor covered shelter on the north side of the school.

Chas Jones will be sworn in as the new mayor. Councilors to be sworn in include Jessica Andrade, Catherine Biscoe, Ruth Causey, Matt Lehman, David Low and Teresa Nielson.

Those who would like to view the ceremony can watch via the city’s Facebook page. The public page does not require a Facebook account to be able to watch.

The swearing-in ceremony will be the only activity of the evening with no meeting agenda or business to be conducted. The council will meet for its first regular meeting on Jan. 11.