Springfield Celebrates Return to Local Governance

Springfield celebrated the hand-off of local governance from the state-appointed Finance Control Review Board to Mayor Domenic Sarno and the City Council with the passing of the ceremonial gavel on the steps of City Hall, June 30, 2009. Governor Deval Patrick and current and former members of the Finance Control Board joined City leaders for the program, which was followed by an outdoor luncheon on Court Square. (Click any photo to enlarge.) Additional photos here

Event preparations
Guests take advantage of the shade near First Church
Governor Patrick arrives with the Lieutenant Governor Murray
Opening invocation
Current and former members of the Finance Control Board
Mayor Sarno and former Mayor Ryan (City Council members are seated in the rows behind)
Governor Patrick steps to the podium (James O'S Morton is shown immediately to the right)
Governor Patrick speaks (Control Board members Stephen Lisauskas (far left) and Chris Gabrielli (left)
Mayor Sarno addresses the audience
The first two Promise scholarship recipients were recognized
City officials including Police Commissioner William Fitchet (center)
The families of Control Board members Gabrielli and Lisauskas
Control Board Executive Director Stephen Lisauskas
Mayor Sarno presented Merriam Webster dictionaries to all who served on the Control Board, including former Mayor Ryan
Control Board Chairman Christopher Gabrieli
Governor Patrick presents the ceremonial gavel to Mayor Sarno
Mayor Sarno, City Councilor Bud Williams, Governor Patrick and City Councilor Jose Tosado
Mayor Sarno displays the gavel, accompanied by City Councilor Jose Tosado (right), as Governor Patrick and Councilor Bud Williams greet well wishers
Governor Patrick poses for photos with supporters as mayoral Chief of Staff Denise Jordan looks on
City Councilor Kateri Walsh (right) holds her Merriam Webster dictionary
Guests at the luncheon on Court Square included City Clerk Wayman Lee (center back) and Spirit of Springfield's Judith Matt (right), who helped organize the event

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