The city of Elk Grove welcomed one leader Wednesday night as it said goodbye to another.
Gary Davis was sworn in as the city's first directly elected mayor, and Sophia Scherman was honored for her 12 years as a city council member. Also sworn in were outgoing Mayor Jim Cooper and Council Member Steve Detrick, who was appointed vice mayor later in the meeting.
"Pursuing a vision of our great city is a team effort," Davis said, adding that he hopes to work with the council on encouraging job growth, supporting local businesses, and bringing arts, entertainment and sports to the city to make it a destination. "Elk Grove has an incredibly proud heritage and, I believe, an even brighter future."
Scherman, who has served on the council since the city incorporated in 2000, received praises from other council members and the public, as well as a standing ovation from staff, residents and fellow council members.
"You have served with honor, and integrity, and great respect," resident Bobbie Singh-Allen said. "That district will always be yours."
Council Member Pat Hume said Scherman wouldn't be ignoring city hall any time soon.
"I don't think you really realize, she's not going anywhere," Hume said, joking that Scherman will just have to find something new to do every other Wednesday night.
Cooper, who has also been on the council since incorporation, said Scherman always cared about residents and was always consistent.
"Whether it's out in public or behind the scenes, she was always the same," Cooper said.
Scherman, fighting back tears, thanked the residents of the city and those who worked with her in city hall.
"I've just completed the first phase of the growth of our city," she said. "It's not going to stop here today."