FARMINGTON — Farmington city council members were flanked by friends and family Monday evening as they took an oath to commit themselves to the duties of office.

Council members also held a special meeting to appoint city officers.

Farmington City Clerk Dianne Smylie swore in two Farmington city council members — Gayla McCulloch and Nate Duckett — Mayor Tommy Roberts, municipal judge Bill Liese and part-time municipal judge Bill Standley. The ceremony was conducted in the council chambers at Farmington City Hall.

Roberts defeated mayoral candidate Matt Dodson on March 4.

District 3 Councilor McCulloch is starting her second term after running unopposed and District 4 Councilor Duckett won his seat after defeating Debra Mayeux for the position Jason Sandel vacated.

Megan Farmer — The Daily Times  Council member Gayla McCulloch takes the oath of office on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Farmington City Hall.
Megan Farmer — The Daily Times Council member Gayla McCulloch takes the oath of office on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Farmington City Hall.

Liese was re-elected to his position after beating Rena Scott in the municipal judge race. Standley beat incumbent James Rowland for the part-time municipal judge seat Rowland held for 18 years.

City Manager Rob Mayes, city attorney Jay Burnham and Smylie were all re-confirmed for their positions when the council members approved Robert's recommendation for approval during the meeting which lasted about four minutes.

Smylie said those positions must be re-confirmed every two years. Roberts thanked the crowd for showing up.

"Every two years, we have an organizational meeting of this kind and it gives us an opportunity to think forward a bit and the opportunities ahead of us in the next two years," Roberts said.

The new city council will hold its first regular meeting tonight and Duckett, the new face on council, said he is ready to take action on issues for the city of Farmington.

"I've already taken some time with the agenda and reviewed some notes and looked online for more information," Duckett said. "Hopefully we'll be able to make good educated decisions for the city."

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.