Mayor, councilman sworn in as Bennett ends 8-year reign |

Mayor, councilman sworn in as Bennett ends 8-year reign

On a stormy Monday night, Aspen’s City Council underwent a changing of the guard.

Former Mayor John Bennett received a standing ovation by a packed audience as he received a certificate of appreciation for his eight years in office.

“This is an absolutely extraordinary community and being mayor has been the greatest honor of my life,” Bennett said. “It’s been a huge, huge privilege. … But if I had a final, final parting word, it would be that sometimes we need to lighten up a little, not take ourselves quite so seriously all the time.”

As former Councilman Jake Vickery stepped down, he thanked Aspen for the opportunity to serve and pledged to continue his efforts to keep Aspen the remarkable place it is.

Judge Brooke Peterson then inducted Mayor Rachel Richards and Councilman Tony Hershey into their new positions on the council.

“I’m truly thankful and very humbled by the responsibility that lies in front of me and this council,” Richards said. “I hope I can live up to the standards set before me. Mom and Dad, this one’s for you.”

For Hershey, the ceremony was a doubly momentous occasion, as he was sworn in to both the council and the Colorado state bar.

With his parents and sister on hand, Hershey promised to do his best to earn the trust voters placed in him last month.

According to his sister, Lisa, “Aspen’s lucky to have him. He’ll do a great job. He’s young, rested, and ready.”

Tom McCabe, also elected to the council in May, was out of town and will be inducted at the next council meeting.

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