Charlie Chambers took his seat on the Amherst town council following a swearing-in ceremony that took place in the town’s council chambers on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023.
With his hand on a Bible, Chambers swore he would be “faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles III, his heirs and successors” and would “truly, faithfully and impartially execute the duties of the office to which I have been elected to the best of my knowledge and ability.”
Chambers was elected during a special election held on Feb. 11 to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Sheila Christie in October 2022.
A longtime teacher at Amherst Regional High School and a long-serving volunteer basketball, softball and golf coach, Chambers thanked those who “put their faith in me and voted for me,” as well as those who encouraged him to run, like his wife, Ruth Currie, Gary Miller and many others.
“People gave me so much when I had COVID,” Chambers said. “I just wanted to give back to the community that supported me when I was sick.”
Being a councillor “is a new chapter for me,” he added. “I’m going to learn and ask questions as we go.
“I love our town and I am looking forward to working with the other members of council, the mayor and town staff as we work to help Amherst continue to be the thriving community that it is.”
He noted every neighbourhood has issues and he is also looking forward to helping people bring those issues before council and to working hard as a councillor.
“I want to make by family and my mentors, Brian Jones and the late Dwight Jones, proud,” he added.