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New Billings City Council Members

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City council held a special session Monday night to swear in the newly elected council members. The mayor and five city council members were sworn in.

For three of them, it's their first time serving, and they're excited to get started.

Angela Cimmino from Ward Two and Rich McFadden from Ward Three were sworn in for their second terms. But it's the first city council session for Shaun Brown, Al Swanson, and Mike Yakawich.

The three of them have goals they want to accomplish during their terms and encourage more community involvement.

"As an IT guy, I'm really hoping that we can figure a really good way to get our message out to the citizens rather than just a web page," said Shaun Brown, Ward 5 councilman.

"Some are safety issues. Some are what you might call community improvement issues like parks and trails," said Al Swanson, Ward 4 councilman. "It's already a fabulous place to live and work and I hope to be able to add just a little bit."

"Already I've had some of my constituents call me, asking me about issues, and I'm learning the right protocol of how to bring that to city council, bring it to the city," said Mike Yakawich, Ward 1 councilman.

They say they feel like a team now after going through training with the city.

"I'm looking forward to these next four years and I'm thinking just working hard, building our team and really making billings not only the best city in Montana but the best city in America," Yakawich said.

The mayor and council members will serve four-year terms.