- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Approximately 50 people were on hand at Rutland City Hall to witness the Vermont city’s new mayor take the oath of office.

WCAX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2m1HWJH ) David Allaire served on Rutland’s Board of Aldermen for 19 years before he was sworn in as the city’s 36th mayor on Wednesday.

Allaire ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Mayor Christopher Louras in two previous elections before defeating him in a four-person race earlier this month. Louras served as Rutland’s mayor for a decade.

Allaire says he’s focusing on appointing his staff before shifting his attention toward economic development.

Louras caused a stir when he announced plans to relocate 100 refugee families to Rutland without notifying the Board of Aldermen and residents beforehand. Allaire says he wants to examine the issue further before making a decision.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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