David Gregory took the oath of office as Berea’s next city administrator at Berea City Council Chambers Friday evening, stepping up to replace Randy Stone. Stone had served in the position for 22 years.
As several department heads, citizens and local officials looked on, Mayor Bruce Fraley preceded the formalities by remarking on Gregory’s promotion. “I think it’s fitting to have this ceremony to celebrate this with David, because David has worked very hard to be where he is today,” Fraley said. “That’s one thing I’ve found in the last seven months of working with him. He is a student of continuous improvement and continuous learning. He’s been committed to that, and he’s being rewarded for that today by becoming city administrator.”
Fraley then introduced Madison County District Court Judge Earl-Ray Neal, who noted he has known Gregory since Gregory began his career in corrections. “It’s been a privilege to watch David’s career progress and it certainly is an honor to be able to swear him in today,” Judge Neal said.
With that, Gregory was administered the oath of office, after which, he thanked his family, friends, co-workers and all those in attendance, then expressed gratitude for the chance to serve the city. “It’s an honor to be here, and I look forward to the next five, 10 years,” said Gregory.
During a small reception following the ceremony, Fraley expressed his appreciation to outgoing Berea city administrator Randy Stone, who has been committed to working with Gregory to insure a smooth transition. “A lot of credit needs to go to Randy for his willingness to stay with us [until October]. Randy and David both understand the critical role of the city administrator, and I can’t think of a better way to help David and the city.”
During his tenure at the city, Gregory worked his way up through the ranks of the Berea Police Department, then served as the department’s chief until he was recently tapped to move into city administration. Fraley cited that experience, along with Gregory’s enthusiasm and working relationship with other department heads as reasons he’s feeling good about Gregory’s new role. “I’m excited and optimistic about David’s selection as city administrator,” Fraley said. “I think he’ll do great things for the city.”