HANFORD — Diane Sharp stood inside council chambers with her right hand raised and took the oath of office, becoming the newest Hanford City Council member.
“Thank you to everyone. I’m delighted,” Sharp said after she took her seat on the dais. “This is sort of a lifelong dream to be able to serve the city of Hanford this way.”
Sharp was elected to serve the remainder of former District D Councilman Francisco Ramirez’s term after Ramirez was recalled in a special election on Jan. 23.
Sharp said she looked forward to working with everybody on the council and being a “good listener to the community.”
Before Sharp was sworn in, Mayor David Ayers presented Ramirez with a token of appreciation — a plaque with the city emblem and a gavel— for the last several years that he served on the council.
“I believe, Mr. Ramirez, you’ve served our community well with honor and distinction, and I think our community as a whole is appreciative of everything that you’ve done,” Ayers said.
Ramirez said it had been a pleasure to serve on the council and said the council had worked hard to invest in the community. He also thanked city staff for working to fulfill the wishes of the council.
“Our council is the canvas, the citizens are the paint and the staff are the brushes of our community,” Ramirez said before stepping down from the dais. “I hope you guys together — all the staff here — keep on painting a beautiful painting called Hanford.”