Friday Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and School Board members officially took office in a ceremony at the Albemarle County Office Building.
Three supervisors were sworn in, one for the very first time.
Ann Mallek raised her right hand for the first time and promised to represent her fellow citizens for the next four years.
She won election in November against incumbent David Wyant. Her reasons for running, “the citizens of the white hall district really needed a stronger voice,” Mallek said.
Providing that strong voice she said is guaranteed and when the meetings are over it's time to update the citizens on their local government
“I think they will buy in much more to the decisions of government if they're part of it and they're informed,” said Mallek.
She was once an informed citizen herself. Mallek has sat in Lane Auditorium at many supervisors meetings for many years, listening first hand to her leaders.
“It's going to be very different being on the other side of the table,” she said with a smile.
Just like any new job comes new co-workers and already she's being welcomed by her peers.
“I'm anxious to start working with Mrs. Mallek and I think that the other members are kind of familiar with each other. We've been working together for the last four years and I think we'll continue that good working relationship we have to get some positive things done for the county,” explained Ken Boyd, Rivanna District Representative.
Mallek already has neighborhood meetings schedule for March to talk money. She says the budget is where the board needs to be transparent.
As for the School Board they are expected to get straight to work. First thing up is their budget. All of the members are expected to work over the holidays to prepare for budget meetings beginning in January.