Bethlehem’s first new mayor in a decade took office this morning at a swearing-in ceremony in Town Hall.
Mayor Robert J. Donchez won election last November, following a hard-fought primary win against city Councilman J. William Reynolds.
Donchez had been a city councilman, first elected in 1995. Council has 16 candidates to choose from to appoint a successor to Donchez’s now-vacant seat. Applicant interviews are scheduled Jan. 27, with the appointment to be made at a special meeting Jan. 30.
Donchez, 63, succeeds former Mayor John Callahan, who was first elected to a mid-term seat as mayor in 2003.