It’s a new era in Steubenville.
Jerry Barilla has officially been sworn in as Steubenville Mayor. The first new mayor in over 25 years.
Barilla said it was an emotional moment as he took the oath.
“Growing up here, born here, spent my entire business career here, and end up being the mayor of our city, it’s pretty emotional for me. My grandparents came from Italy, couldn’t read or write. My dad never graduated from high school. The bible that I used was his, so when I put my hand on it, I was emotional,” Barilla said.
Barilla will be filling the big shoes left behind by Domenick Mucci, who held the position for more than two decades.
But Mucci said he’s excited to see what Barilla can do.
“I think that the city of Steubenville is in capable and reliable hands with Mayor Barilla. He needs to be upfront with the people, attend as many events aspossible. Hearing from the citizens and applying it to government and to the other administrators through the city i also extremely important,” Mucci said.
Officials said Mucci’s presence will be greatly missed, but they’re confident Barilla will do a great job.
“25 years is a long time. Mucci has a lot of history with the city of Steubenville. But you’re bringing in a new mayor fully of energy who’s lived here his whole life, worked here his whole life. I think with that behind him it’s going to be a fairly easy transition. But it’s like any new job, there’s certain things you’ll have to learn,” said James Mavromatis, Steubenville City Manager.
Learning is what Barilla looks forward to though.
He wants to help his home thrive again and he believes it all starts by working together.
“I’m all about community and togetherness and working with people. If you have the desire, the tenacity, the integrity, and whatever it takes to make this work, it will work. We can make a difference. That’s what my purpose is: to make a difference in this city,” Barilla said.
Council members were also sworn in today.
They included Bob Villamagna and Scott Dressel, both incumbents, and Greg Patrella, who’s returning to council after a 20-year hiatus.