It’s official! On Wednesday, City Councilor at-Large Althea Garrison was worn in at City Hall and received a warm welcome and a standing ovation.
Last Wednesday at City Hall, it was the complete opposite resulting in a bizarre and awkward incident, Garrison, along with her chief of staff and family and friends, showed up around 12:30 for her swearing in – as they were told to by “somebody from the City Hall” but here was no swearing in.
The story goes that the swearing in was postponed until the following week but no one let Garrison and her people know. To add insult to injury, Garrison’s new office still had Pressley’s name on it.
Last week, on a post on the Boston City Council Facebook page it was announced that Pressley was officially done with her post on 5pm on January 2nd – so maybe that’s why there was miscommunication?
Garrison ran for one of the city council’s four at-large seats in 2017 and landed in fifth place – which means if a seated city councilor leaves, the candidate who comes in fifth takes over that spot. Since Pressley is now in congress, Garrison takes her spot.