Brodeur leads 2022 Inaugural Ceremony


MELROSE—Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur swore in Melrose City Councilors and School Committee members at the 2022 Inaugural Ceremony held at Memorial Hall on Monday, Jan. 10.

This year’s event was closed to the public and live-streamed by MMTV due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Among the officials being sworn-in by Mayor Brodeur were newly elected School Committee member Dorie Withey and newly elected City Council members Ryan Williams, Ward 7; Manjula Karamcheti, Ward 1; and Ward 2’s John Obremski, who previously served on the School Committee. Returning School Committee members, three of whom were sworn in, included Mayor Paul Brodeur, Lizbeth DeSelm, Margaret Raymond Driscoll, Jen McAndrew, Ed O’Connell, and Jennifer Razi-Thomas. Jennifer Razi-Thomas and Jen McAndrew joined Withey in taking the oath.

Returning City Council members sworn-in included Councillors-At-Large Chris Cinella, Jack Eccles, Maya Jamaleddine, Leila Migliorelli; and Ward Councillors Robb Stewart, Ward 3; Mark Garipay, Ward 4; Shawn MacMaster, Ward 5; and Jen Grigoraitis, Ward 6.

During the ceremony, Melrose High Senior Kate Sikkema, a member of the BSA Troop 635, led in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem was performed by Sam Chetkin. At the start of the event, a procession was led by Dr. Julie Kukenberger, Superintendent of Melrose Schools, Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle and Melrose City Clerk, Kristin Foote. Mayor Brodeur, City Council President Chris Cinella and School Committee Chair Jen McAndrew also offered brief remarks. Serving as emcee was outgoing City Counselor John Tramontozzi.

To view the previously taped ceremony visit MMTV’s YouTube page at