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City officials to be sworn in

Ceremony at Historic Harvey House


BARSTOW • The city will induct its newly elected mayor, two council members, the city clerk and the city treasurer during a unique swearing-in ceremony at the historic Harvey House tonight.

The reception will be the first of its kind, according to Mayor-Elect Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, and will recognize the council’s outgoing and incoming officials.

“We wanted to do something for the community and also give an opportunity for family and friends to actively participate,” city spokesman Anthony Riley said.

Hackbarth-McIntyre will be sworn in as Barstow’s third female mayor and is replacing retiring mayor Joe Gomez.

Richard Harpole, a long-serving Barstow Police officer and lieutenant, and Carmen Hernandez, a city planning commissioner, will replace council members Willie Hailey and Timothy Saenz, who served on the council together since 2008.

Mike Lewis will assume his position as the new city treasurer and JoAnne Cousino, acting city-clerk, will be sworn in for her new term.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. The regular council meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. at Barstow City Hall, 220 East Mt. View St. Early arrival is suggested, as attendance is expected to be between 250 and 300 with limited parking available.

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