History was made in two Carroll County municipalities on Monday night as Stacy Link, the first female mayor of Sykesville, and Mona Becker, the first female mayor of Westminster, both were sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Heather DeWees — the first woman to hold that position.
DeWees called it a “privilege” to perform the ceremonies.
Link defeated incumbent Ian Shaw in Sykesville’s May 4 election. Becker beat Dennis Dillon in Westminster’s May 11 election. Previously, only Julia Gouge (Hampstead, 1983) and Linda Boyer (Mount Airy, 1986) had been elected to the top position of a Carroll municipality.
In her inaugural address, given in front of a crowd of about 75 that included former Sykesville mayors Lloyd Helt and Jonathan Herman, according to Link, she talked about how effective municipal government is because of teamwork, credited those who came before and said she was “exhilarated” by the opportunity while promising to “be a good steward.”
“We stand together today as beneficiaries of the prosperity that the risks and sound decisions of those who have come before me have afforded us all,” she said. “Because of the hard decisions of prior leadership, we gather here today fiscally healthy.
“Fellow lovers of Sykesville, I hope you will join me in the mindfulness of how far we’ve come and how much further we can go.”
Becker said after being sworn ahead of a brief, livestreamed Mayor and Common Council meeting that she was “thrilled and honored to represent the city of Westminster.” She thanked her supporters and said she thought election day was a great day for the city. She also expressed optimism and said she is looking forward to working with the members of the council.
“We’re actually riding on some great coattails from the last council, who’ve left the city in really great financial shape and [with] a lot of plans for the future,” she said. “So here’s to the next four years.”