Many of the Havre Police Department officers, State Rep. Kris Hansen and quite a few high school students, for whom coming to a council meeting is an assignment, were present Monday night to witness the swearing in of Havre's new city council members and a police officer.
Tim Solomon was sworn in by Ward 4 Councilmember Allen "Woody" Woodwick to mark the official start of his second term as Havre's mayor.
Changes to the city council include Matthew Boucher, sworn in as Ward 4 councilmember, and Terry Lilletvedt, sworn in as Ward 1 councilmember.
Also sworn in were Ward 3 Councilmember Jay Pyette, Ward 2 councilmember Janette Trethewey and newly elected Judge Virginia Seigel.
Jerry Veis, outgoing Ward 1 councilmember, gave his thanks to the council and city employees at the podium during the public comment section. He said he was proud to have worked with the hard-working people who keep the city running.
As a farewell piece of advice, Veis reminded the council and spectators that the people who complain the most are those who don't do anything.
Bob Kaftan, now-former Ward 3 councilman, also said said his goodbyes at the podium.
"I want to thank you for working with me and wish you the best," Kaftan said.
Brian Cassidy was given confirmation to join the force of the Havre Police Department after one year of working as a probationary officer.
Acting Police Chief Gabe Matosich told city council Cassidy has already proven to do outstanding work at the police department and has already received two commendations since he began and was deemed "Officer of the Month" six months after.
"He's proven to be a strong candidate," Matosich said.
The council voted him in unanimously.