WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – He had already been serving as acting mayor for nearly two months, but on Monday morning, Brian Sullivan was officially sworn-in as Westfield’s mayor. Sullivan and other city officials were sworn-in during a ceremony at Westfield Technical Academy.
Sullivan actually began serving in office on November 9, when outgoing Mayor Daniel Knapik resigned to take a job as Director of Green Communities with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. As the city council president at the time, Sullivan was next in line for the job.
He now begins a full two-year term of his own. For his part, Knapik is beginning a term on the city council.
“I can finally lose the title of ‘acting!'” Sullivan joked. He told 22News about his goals for the city in the two years ahead.
“We have new buildings, new people coming in taking offices, new people at Westfield State, new people at Noble and it’s an opportunity for me as mayor with my new administration to move forward and get some things done that we’ve started,” the mayor said.
Sullivan was elected mayor in November, defeating Michael Roeder, who also ran for the office in 2013.
The new mayor is the brother of former Westfield Mayor Richard Sullivan.