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Tempe to hold virtual swearing-in ceremony on July 2

Mayor-Elect, three City Councilmembers take oath of office

Post Date:06/30/2020 5:23 PM

Tempe, AZ – Mayor-Elect Corey Woods, first-time City Councilmember Doreen Garlid and re-elected Councilmembers Randy Keating and Joel Navarro will take the oath of office at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, in a virtual ceremony to be streamed live on-air and online.

The ceremony can be watched live on Tempe 11 (on Cox or Century Link) or streamed at

Prior to the Executive Order issued by Governor Doug Ducey yesterday, which included new guidance for gatherings of 50 or more, the City of Tempe had been planning an in-person ceremony. It was planned to include a limited number of invited friends and family of the new and returning Council, as well as members of the media, who would be distanced 6 feet apart and wearing face coverings.

With the new order and out of an abundance of caution, the city will hold the swearing-in virtually, in the same way that its City Council meetings have been held in recent months. 

After the oath of office is administered to the elected officials, the Council will elect a new Vice Mayor at this meeting, as is their tradition. Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby has served in the role since 2016.

Those taking the oath of office were elected to four-year terms in the city’s March 10 election.  

For more information about the current City Council, visit


Media contact: Nikki Ripley, City of Tempe, 480-313-8850 
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