Newly elected Fate Mayor Joe Burger was sworn in at a special called city council meeting Monday evening.
Outgoing Mayor Lorne Megyesi made the motion to canvass and make official the results of the 2019 city elections.
In his first actions as the mayor of the city, Burger dedicated city proclamations to the outgoing members of the City Council, Lorne Megyesi and Steve Hermann.
Burger began the proclamation ceremony by recalling a time when he, Megyesi and other city council members got together to discuss the potential of Fate.
“For that day until this day, Lorne, thank you for your service,” Burger said. “You’ve done a tremendous job. I’m happy to have you here in Fate.”
Megyesi was given a commemorative plaque and pen for the proclamation, with May 14, 2019 being declared “Lorne Megyesi Day” in Fate.
Hermann, former councilman for place 6, was also given a similar presentation along with his own dedicatory day on May 15, 2019.
Hermann’s seat on the council will be filled by John Hamilton, who was elected on May 4 to serve a three-year term. Hamilton was also sworn in at the Monday city council meeting, along with Councilman Allen Robbins, Place 4, who ran an uncontested.
Robbins was appointed to serve out Burger’s unfinished term on the City Council after Burger announced his candidacy for mayor in February.
Robbins’ swearing in ceremony on Monday marked the beginning of his three year term on the council per the results of the May 4 election.
Burger, Hermann and Megyesi joined the Fate City Council in 2014. Burger had said in previous interviews that he felt weird running against someone who he had served next to for five years.
“But I’m comfortable knowing that both of us have the best interest of the city,” Burger told the Royse City Herald-Banner at a April candidate forum.
Burger sent the following statement to the Herald-Banner shortly after results of the May 4 mayoral election were made public:
"I am honored to have been elected Mayor of Fate today. (Lorne) Megyesi has worked hard to improve the City of Fate for 5 years and I will work hard to move us forward. I hope that the next three years are something that our community can be proud of! Thank you to so many people that helped in my campaign. I appreciate every one of you!"