Norwalk BOE swears in three new members, Hosten remains chair

Mayor Harry Rilling delivers the oath of office to new board members Sheri McCready Brown, Janine Randolph, and Kara Baekey as well as incumbent Colin Hosten. Each member was elected onto the board for the first time in November.

Mayor Harry Rilling delivers the oath of office to new board members Sheri McCready Brown, Janine Randolph, and Kara Baekey as well as incumbent Colin Hosten. Each member was elected onto the board for the first time in November.

Emily Morgan/Hearst Connecticut Media

NORWALK — Mayor Harry Rilling opened Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting with the swearing in of three new board members and one incumbent.

Board Chair Colin Hosten took the oath of office alongside the newly elected Sheri McCready Brown, Janine Randolph, and Kara Baekey. Hosten, previously appointed to the board in late 2019, won his first reelection bid earlier this month.

Board member Erica DePalma, representing District D, nominated Hosten, Diana Carpio and Godfrey Azima to retain their officer titles of chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively. The board gave its unanimous approval for the nominations.

One seat on the board still remains vacant following the unexpected death of Mike Barbis in September. The 11 committee members from District E will have the responsibility of filling Barbis’ seat through the end of his term, which expires in November 2023.

emily.morgan@hearstmediact.com