Mayor Brian Bowman, new city council officially sworn in
Mayor Brian Bowman and the new city council have officially been sworn in.
Winnipeg’s 43rd mayor, along with eight seasoned councilors and six rookies, were sworn in at city hall Tuesday evening. New Charleswood councillor Marty Morantz was not present due to the death of his father.
Winnipeg’s mayor also announced his new inner circle.
Jeff Browaty, Mike Pagtakhan, and Brian Mayes return to executive policy committee.
John Orlikow moves into the inner circle for the first time and newcomers Marty Morantz and Janice Lukes round out Bowman's cabinet.
Devi Sharma retains her speaker position.
According to city bylaw, the mayor alone must appoint EPC, though Bowman vowed to push the province to make legislative changes that allow council to elect the group in the future, a pledge that was part of his election campaign.
Tuesday, he said he would appoint members based on discussions he had with council.
"We had private meetings over the weekend and what I wanted to do is find out who's interested and what portfolios they might be interested in and just their thoughts on making that decision," said Bowman.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Bowman moved into his new office at city hall and made good on one campaign promise – to show off his pride for the Winnipeg Jets and the city.
"First thing that's going in the office, Mark Scheifele's debut stick here," Bowman told reporters.
- with reports from Jeff Keele and Sheila North Wilson