Chestermere's newest council members were officially sworn in on Wednesday morning in front of City Hall.

MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore, Chantelle De Jonge officiated the ceremony along with city staff.

The newest councillors include Murray Grant, Janelle Sandboe, Robert Schindler, Kiran Randhawa, and Rob Wawrzynowski.

Ritesh Narayan is the only councillor from the previous council to stay on.

Mayor Shannon Dean addressed the crowd during a speech and said he's thrilled to move forward following turmoil within the previous council over the past few years.

"I'm very excited to be taking on this role, but certainly humbled and blessed."

Recently the City of Chestermere sued former mayor Jeff Colvin along with previous councillors Mel Foat, Blaine Funk, and Stephen Hanley for over $650,000 which the municipality says was spent without consent.

According to the city, the four politicians are on the hook for $430,000 of city spending between 2022 and 2023 and that Colvin alone is responsible for an additional $223,000.

The lawsuit says the four spent the money on parties, alcohol, a private investigator, and surveillance equipment to spy on a co-worker.

Dean says he's hoping to look ahead with a new council and find a greater understanding of everything that encompasses the role of mayor.

"Really solidifying our council team moving forward and really developing that strong and healthy relationship with administration and staff. So that we can just do a really solid job of moving Chestermere forward."

According to Dean, he's hoping to run again in the upcoming Municipal Election in October of 2025.

Dean says one of his main goals starting off is getting the new high school site done.

"I think it's high on this council's priority list. Like I said, we all talked about it on the campaign trail."

One of the priorities for council is to address any outstanding directives from the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Ric McIver, following the recent financial inspection of the city. Dean says he's on board with it.

"I am committed to re-establishing a strong and positive working relationship with Municipal Affairs."

Dean told StrathmoreNow he's going to do everything he can to regain the trust of Chestermere residents.

"I think we started it today. I think the way our residents are able to witness the way that this council is interacting with each other and interacting with the staff and even with the speech I was able to deliver today talking about how staff is going to be valued, respected and listened to."

Dean says trust comes through establishing strong relationships.

"I think that's going to be a tremendous way in which we're going to be able to do that."

Chestermere is located about 34 kilometres away from Strathmore.