Pledging to honor the vision of Fairhope’s founders, Mayor Karin Wilson was sworn in to office Monday before a standing-room only crowd at the James Nix Center.

“Unlike many other cities, we have not become Anytown USA, nor will be under my leadership,” Wilson said.

Wilson, promising change and transparency in local government, was an upset winner over incumbent Tim Kant.

(Lagniappe) Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson was sworn in Nov. 7.

(Lagniappe) Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson was sworn in Nov. 7.

The event was called a swearing-in ceremony but was referred to by some in attendance as an inauguration. It included the presentation of colors, the National Anthem, a presentation from Fairhope Rotary Youth and a performance by Grayson Capps with the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

Receiving a standing ovation as Wilson introduced him was Maj. John Jacobson, a World War II veteran who celebrated his 106th birthday last week.

Also sworn in Monday were council members Jack Burrell, Jay Robinson, Robert Brown and Kevin Boone. The fifth council member, Jimmy Conyers, did not attend because of a death in the family.

“We work for you, and I’m not going to forget it,” Wilson said. “God bless Fairhope.”

The City Council held an organizational meeting after the ceremony. Councilman Jack Burrell was re-elected as president.