- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) - The first mayor for the fast-growing Indianapolis suburb of Fishers has been sworn into office.

Republican Mayor Scott Fadness and other local officials who won election in November took their oaths of office during a ceremony Monday evening. Their terms start Jan. 1 when Fishers’ transition from town to city government takes effect.

Census figures show Fishers has grown from about 2,000 residents in 1980 to some 84,000 people for 2013.

That makes the community straddling Interstate 69 just northeast of Indianapolis the state’s sixth-largest municipality - ahead of cities such as Gary, Bloomington and Muncie.

Fadness had been the Fishers town manager since 2011, reporting to the seven-member Town Council that oversaw administrative and legislative functions.

The mayor and a city clerk will head the new city administration, while a nine-member City Council will be the legislative body.

“It really comes down to having a singular voice for the community, as we move forward, that can set the vision and ultimately the residents can hold that individual accountable for seeing that vision come true,” Fadness said.

The move to city government comes after Fishers voters approved a referendum for the change on the November 2012 ballot.

Fadness defeated former Town Council president Walt Kelly and four other candidates in May’s GOP mayoral primary. He then was unopposed on the November ballot.

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