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Ceremony welcomes Great Falls municipal leaders

Posted at 9:51 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 11:58:09-05

GREAT FALLS — Several people were sworn in to their municipal posts on Tuesday evening Great Falls.

Among them was Bob Kelly, who was recently re-elected to a third term as the Mayor. Also taking oaths of office were Commissioners-elect Tracy Houch and Rick Tryon. Municipal Court Judge Steven Bolstad and the newly elected Neighborhood Council representatives were also sworn in.

District Court Judge John Parker presided over the swearing in ceremony, leading each group in an oath of office.

Eight Neighborhood Council districts were represented at the event. Mayor Kelly was sworn in by himself, as was Judge Bolstad. Then Tryon and Houck were sworn in together. After that, representatives from Neighborhood Council District 1 – 8 were sworn in together, district by district.

The event began at 5 p.m. in front of a large crowd at the Civic Center. Members of the community, the Great Falls Police Department, and Great Falls Fire Rescue and other organizations were all present to support the newly-elected officials. After everyone was sworn in, people were invited to socialize with the new city officials at an open house event.

(TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019) Tuesday's election results mean that Tracy Houck will retain her seat on the City Commission, and Rick Tryon will soon join her.

There were six candidates for two seats on the commission; here are the unofficial results:

  • Rick Tryon: 5,047
  • Tracy Houck: 4,830
  • Bruce Pollington: 4,140
  • Terry Thompson: 3,453
  • Kim Rodriguez: 2,596
  • Jasmine Taylor: 2,297
  • There were also 87 write-in votes.

Mayor Bob Kelly ran unopposed and garnered 11,062 votes; there were 383 write-in votes for mayor. Municipal Court Judge Steve Bolstad also ran unopposed and received 11,066 votes; there were 143 write-in votes.