Mayor Marion Grayson, the first female mayor in Belton's history, was sworn into office on Tuesday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Belton City Council. Newly elected councilmembers, Paul Sanderford and Guy O'Banion, were also administered oaths of office.
Mayor Grayson, replaces Mayor Jim Covington who did not seek re-election. Outgoing Counclimember John Agan also did not seek re-election.
The first order of business for the new City Council was to appoint a new mayor pro tem to replace Mayor Grayson. By unanimous vote, Councilmember David K. Leigh was appointed by those present (Councilmember Dan Kirkley did not attend). Leigh, with 12 years of service time, is the longest tenured member of the Belton City Council.