Aurora -- New Mayor James Fisher admitted he is usually not at a loss for words. "But today I am," he said.

Fisher, who has served as Acting Mayor since late August while Mayor Lynn McGill was out on sick leave, was sworn in Nov. 30 as mayor.

McGill, 83, stepped down due to undisclosed medical reasons. He served 11 years as mayor.

Law Director Alan Shorr said Nov. 30 that he spoke with McGill in person the previous week. "He's doing OK," Shorr said.

Fisher told about 75 people at the swearing in ceremony at Town Hall that McGill "did an excellent job as mayor. A lot of things that we do over the next 12 months will be the same. A few things will be fresh.

"It's a new day for Aurora," Fisher added. "If you're a resident, you should feel confident. If you're an employee, you should feel comfortable."

After being sworn in, Fisher said one of his goals will be to focus on economic development. "We want to take it to the next level," he said.

Fisher, 60, began serving as Ward 5 Councilman in 2003 and has been Council president for the last seven years. He will serve the remainder of McGill's one-year term and must run in the November 2013 mayoral election to retain his seat.

George Horvat, who previously was Council vice president, was sworn in as president to complete Fisher's term.

Council will appoint someone to fill Fisher's Ward 5 seat in December.

"It's a great honor to be here," said Horvat, a long-time Ward 4 Councilman who has served the city 22 years. "I feel very comfortable. We have all worked well together. "You should be very proud of where you live," Horvat told onlookers.

Afterward, Horvat added, "You always want to leave your mark wherever you go and make it a nicer place. We can do that."

Shorr said afterward that the turnover went smoothly.

"We followed the city charter and that triggered a domino effect," he said. "The city is fortunate to have such experienced people. Everyone is working together."


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