Attorney Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. was sworn in as Tuesday evening at town hall before a room full of supporters, including family, friends, neighbors, government officials and town department heads.
Town Clerk Cheryl Mooney administered the oath of office. Feaster’s wife, Phyllis, was at his side holding the bible. Bishop John M. Borders offered a benediction.
“This is an awesome responsibility but I intend to carry it out and I am prepared to do so,” Feaster said in his remarks after taking the oath.
“I’m going to hit the ground running,” he added.
Feaster, who spent last week transitioning with former town manager , became the Stoughton Interim Town Manager on April 1. He has already met with the town’s department heads.
Feaster took time to thank his predecessor, , who had served for two years as Stoughton’s Town Manager, before in January 2012. Crimmins’ last day in office was March 31.
“He provided me with an opportunity during the transition to learn much of what is going on in this town as well as to provide me with an opportunity in order to get the information I would need to go forward and carry out my responsibility,” Feaster said.
Feaster, a Stoughton resident for the last 14 years, interviewed for the position of Interim Town Manager on . Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted later that evening to enter into contract negotiations with the attorney. On , Feaster agreed to terms on a contract that expires on July 31, 2012.
Stoughton’s State Representatives Louis L. Kafka (D-Stoughton) and William C. Galvin (D-Canton) joined the sizeable group of Stoughton department heads and town employees in attendance Tuesday night.
“I’m committed to doing the job that the selectmen have given me the opportunity to do,” Feaster said.