Photo: City officials were inaugurated on Jan. 2. Shown above are (front row, from left): Councilman Brian O’Donnell, Council President Pro Tem Thomas P. Tafelski, Councilwoman Susan A. Dabaja, and Councilman Michael T. Sareini. (Back row, from left): Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra, Councilman Mark Shooshanian, Debbie Dingell, Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, Congressman John Dingell, Suzanne Sareini, Councilman Robert A. Abraham, Councilman David Bazzy, the Rev. Fran Hayes and Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.
Dearborn city officials serving terms in 2014-2017 were inaugurated last week during a formal ceremony at the Michael A. Guido Theater.
The new council was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra, along with Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr.
Incumbent council members Brian C. O'Donnell, David Bazzy, Robert A. Abraham, Mark Shooshanian, and former Council President Thomas P. Tafelski (now president pro tem) were sworn in on Thursday evening alongside new Council President Susan A. Dabaja and Councilmen Michael T. Sareini.
The ceremony also included a tribute to retiring councilwomen Nancy Hubbard, who was unable to attend, and Suzanne Sareini, both of whom served 24 years on the council.
Congressman John Dingell and Mayor O’Reilly together presented the special honor to Hubbard and Sareini.
Master of Ceremonies was Debbie Dingell, president of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors. City Clerk Kathleen Buda was unable to attend due to illness, the city reported.
The first meeting of the new council will be next Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
Those who missed the ceremony can watch it on CDTV on Friday, Jan.
10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., or Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. It will also be on
the live stream of CDTV on www.cityofdearborn.org
at those times.