FAIRFIELD, CT — Fairfield’s new First Selectman, Democrat Bill Gerber, was sworn into office Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont during a ceremony in Fairfield Warde High School, during which the town’s other newly elected officials also took the oath in their new posts.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz administered the Oath of Office to Selectwoman Christine Vitale, a former Board of Education member who was Gerber’s running mate.

Monday’s ceremony, which was organized by former Selectwoman Nancy Lefkowitz, featured rousing performances by the Osborn Hill School 5th Grade Chorus; Fairfield Ludlowe High School Chamber Orchestra; and Fairfield Warde High School Jazz Band. Tomlinson Middle School 8th Grader Faizan Seyal performed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.

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Nearly 70 public officials took the Oath of Office Monday, joining the Representative Town Meeting, Board of Education, Town Plan and Zoning Commission, Board of Finance and others.

Republican Brenda Kupchick, who served as First Selectwoman for the past four years, will remain a member of the Board of Selectmen, joining Gerber and Vitale. By Town Charter, the three-member board cannot have more than two members from one political party, and Kupchick received the third-highest vote totals behind Vitale (9,277) and Gerber (8,963).

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Kupchick was not in attendance at Monday’s ceremony and was sworn in as a Selectwoman earlier in the day.

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