Inauguration day in Annapolis: Introducing Mayor Gavin Buckley

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 05:04:16 AM. Gavin Buckley is sworn in as mayor.

From his war room above West Street, Mayor-elect Gavin Buckley talked earlier Monday about whether it’s sunken in.

Maybe it’s sunk in now.

Buckley took the oath to “diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of mayor” on the same street where he started his businesses almost 20 years ago.

“This is the highlight of my life besides meeting my wife and having kids,” he said before his swearing-in. “It’s going to be pretty surreal.”

The 137th mayor of Annapolis couldn’t help cracking a joke before completing his first act as mayor, swearing in the new council. Buckley, who forgot his glasses, told the crowd he was borrowing Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson’s.

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Mayor-elect Gavin Buckley pops into Annapolis Collection Gallery, where spaces between stately furniture and grandly framed portraits have been repurposed for inaugural planning.

On a table, a to-scale grid covered in sticky notes shows where his two children will sit among various dignitaries...

Mayor-elect Gavin Buckley pops into Annapolis Collection Gallery, where spaces between stately furniture and grandly framed portraits have been repurposed for inaugural planning.

On a table, a to-scale grid covered in sticky notes shows where his two children will sit among various dignitaries...

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The newly-elected City Council members and political figures joined Buckley on a stage in front of St. Anne’s Church at the mouth of West Street.

Local activist William Rowell emceed the proceedings. Seated onstage behind Buckley were his mother and mother-in-law as well as wife and sons. County executive Steve Schuh, House Speaker Michael Busch, comptroller Peter Franchot and former mayors also sat onstage.

Congressman John Sarbanes congratulated the council on their past and future service.

Some seating is available, but it’s limited. For those standing on the street, there is a monitor where West Street meets Calvert and Cathedral streets.

Buckley will give a speech, though it will be pretty “off the cuff,” he said. “Bear with me.”

The first block of West Street will be closed for the events today until 7 p.m., when Buckley’s inaugural ball will be just kicking off.

The event is ticketed and black-tie optional. It will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at Loews Hotel.

This story will be updated throughout the day with live reporting from the inauguration.

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