Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is sworn in by Morgan County Probate Court Judge Charles Merritt during last Thursday's swearing-in ceremony at the Morgan County Courthouse.

Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is sworn in by Morgan County Probate Court Judge Charles Merritt during last Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony at the Morgan County Courthouse.

By Nick Nunn staff writer

Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and Madison City Council Members Bobby Crawford and Chris Hodges were sworn in by Morgan County Probate Court Judge Charles Merritt last Thursday, Jan. 2, to mark the official beginning of their terms in office.

All three elected officials read their oath of office before posing for photos to commemorate the occasion. Merritt offered Perriman the chance to speak before adjourning the ceremony. Perriman said that the beginning of the new terms marks a “great celebration” and that he “looks forward to positive things happening.”

“I feel honored, yet humbled,” said Perriman, who assured those in attendance that his “care and… concern will be for this great city.”

Perriman then reminded the City Council members that “we’re here to vote our consciences, vote our hearts” in order to serve the people of Madison. “Don’t look at me as the black mayor of Madison,” stated Perriman, acknowledging his status as the first black mayor in Madison’s history. “It is one Madison, we are one people.”