It’s a day new Ozark City Mayor Billy Blackwell says he sometimes thought would never come.
The Mayor says, "I just never really thought that this was real but this made it real and like I said we're looking forward to the challenges that we have."
Blackwell and several new city council members were sworn into office Monday morning.
Along with a new mayor, four out of the five city councilmen are new to the job.
New City Councilman Jerry Crittenden says, “Ozark has won, the people have spoken and the city council that we have along with the mayor, we cannot lose.”
Crittenden also says he's excited for the city because of new members, new ideas, and a bright future.
He says, "What we're fortunate to have is a group of people who will work together for the community and believe me we have a group ad I'm proud to be a part of that."
Blackwell agrees and says he hopes to form a close bond with other officials in the area, so they can work together to accomplish the same goals.
“We hope to form a cooperative agreement and with the Chamber Of Commerce and Dale County Commissioners and the City of Ozark and work our economic development,” says Blackwell.
Along with those goals Blackwell says changes will be made to make Ozark a cleaner and safer city.
Former Mayor Bob Bunting served the city of Ozark for 12 years.
Blackwell gives credit to bunting for several lessons he has taught him throughout his years as city clerk and treasurer.