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Newcomer Kirkland, incumbent Dasher take oath of office
Rincon swearing-in ceremony
Mayor Ken Lee (left) jokes with the audience before administering the oath of office to Rincon City Councilmen Patrick Kirkland (center) and James Dasher on Thursday night. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

RINCON -- Newcomer Patrick Kirkland and incumbent James Dasher were administered the oath of office before Thursday's Rincon City Council member.

Kirkland and Dasher were surrounded by friends and family members as they were sworn in by Mayor Ken Lee. One of Patrick's siblings came all the way from New Zealand for the event.

Incumbent Reese Browher was unable to be sworn in for a sixth term because of an illness. Lee said Browher will likely be sworn in before the next council meeting.

In November, Kirkland, Dasher,  Browher and incumbent Paul Wendelken vied for three council seats. Dasher received the most votes with 334. Browher and Kirkland gained 328 and 305, respectively. Wendelken got 271.

See the Jan. 8 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.