COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — New Mayor Steve Widmyer was sworn in Tuesday evening along with new city council members Kiki Miller and Amy Evans.
The ceremony was held at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s community room. About 150 people gathered to welcome the new mayor and council members, and veteran councilman Woody McEvers, who won re-election. Community members also bid a fond farewell to outgoing Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Deanna Goodlander and Mike Kennedy, who had a combined tenure on the council of 36 years.
“It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve,” said Mayor Bloem, who decided to step down after leading the city for 12 years. “The community has made me the richest person I know—and that’s not about the money. While I walk away today, I truly do not walk away from my city family.”
Councilwoman Goodlander, who served the city 16 years, told the audience she felt that the city was being left in good hands.
“I can walk away with that confidence,” she said.
Kennedy, who served eight years, said it was a bitter-sweet end to his role on the council.
“A boat owner says the greatest day is buying a boat … and the greatest day is selling a boat,” said Kennedy.
Each was awarded plaques from various entities, including the Coeur d’Alene Fire Local 710, which presented each of the three with plaques adorned with hatchets. Council members presented a plaque with a gavel on it to Mayor Bloem.
Meanwhile, Mayor Widmyer said he embraced the challenge ahead.
“I’m very excited to begin this new chapter,” said Mayor Widmyer.
On Tuesday, Widmyer also recommend several appointments to city subcommittees and volunteer boards.