Rick Brainard swears in despite protestors

A swearing in ceremony for four new Grand Junction City Councilors was anything but ordinary, as about a dozen protestors turned their backs on the proceedings when Rick Brainard took the oath of office. Meanwhile, friends, family members and supporters of the four new-elected leaders cheered the turnover on the board.

Earlier this morning, a hearing was postponed for Brainard’s first appearance on two misdemeanor domestic violence charges against his former girlfriend.

Protestors said after the meeting they were appalled that Brainard took the oath and they will continue to protest his presence and will follow through on recalling the councilor.

After the formalities, the new councilors, including Harry Butler, Phyllis Norris and Marty Chazen, took their seats next to Sam Susuras. With councilors Jim Doody and Benett Boeschenstein absent, Sam Susuras was elected mayor and Chazen was elected mayor pro-tem. Butler abstained from voting after requesting that councilors wait to make the decisions when Boeschenstein and Doody could be present.

As a first order of business, councilors reversed a decision last week that would have yanked the city’s $6,000-year- funding for the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. Butler said he thought the chamber has become more political and he did not support reinstating the funding.


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