Whitaker takes Oath of Office

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GREENVILLE – The newly elected Jeff Whitaker took his Oath of Office and has been sworn in as the Mayor of Greenville.

Whitaker started the ceremony by thanking everyone who came and thanking Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Sharon L. Kennedy for being a part of the ceremony.

Whitaker then invited Pastor Alex Murphy from Community of Faith Church to speak. Murphy shared how he and Whitaker met and have gotten to know each other over the past months. He is excited for Whittaker to take office. 

“I’ve been incredibly excited to see him step into this role because I believe he’s got the right heart for it, he’s got the talent for it, and he’s got the right mind for it,” Murphy said. 

Murphy then led in prayer.

Following the prayer was the pledge of allegiance.

Council Member Delores Eley was the first to take an oath of office; she had a friend holding the bible for her as Chief Justice Kennedy swore her in.

Next was Council Member Chris Norris, who had his two oldest grand-daughters holding the bible for him as Chief Justice Kennedy swore him in

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Following the council members was Jeff Whitaker. He had his wife, daughter, and grand-daughter holding the bible for him as Chief Justice Kennedy swore him in

“I, Jeffery D. Whitaker, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States of America, the constitution of the state of Ohio, and the codified ordinances of the city of Greenville and that I will faithfully, honestly, and impartially, discharge the duties of Mayor of the City of Greenville, Darke County Ohio during my continuance in said office. This I shall do as I shall answer unto God.”

At the end of the ceremony, Whitaker took a moment again to thank those in attendance and Chief Justice Kennedy.

“I’m honored,” Whitaker said. “To have been elected to serve six years on Greenville City Council and now as Mayor is a tremendous privilege, and I express my sincere thanks and deep gratitude for the trust placed in me. We will continue in providing for an open and honest government, and we will be giving our best efforts to the citizens of Greenville.”

Jeffery Whitaker will take office on January 1, 2024.