Standing with his family in front of a crowded Common Council chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, Steve Ponto was sworn in as the fifth mayor in the city of Brookfield's history.
Ponto, who had served as an alderman in the 4th District since 1998, defeated two-term incumbent Jeff Speaker by 205 votes in the April 6 election.
"This is truly what I wanted to do at this point in my life," Ponto told the crowd after being sworn in by Judge Jeffrey Warchol. "I will do the very best I can. I will not let you down."
Ponto will serve a four-year term. He will make $99,149 a year through 2012, with 2 percent increases in 2013 and 2014.
The city's re-elected aldermen - Bill Carnell (1st District), Bob Reddin (2nd District), Jim Garvens (3rd District), Mark Nelson (4th District), Jerry Mellone (6th District) and Lisa Mellone (7th District) - also were sworn in Tuesday.
Fifth District Alderman Gary Mahkorn, who was out of town, was sworn in Friday.
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