Before beginning any big job, it’s best to get things organized.
Emily Niehaus knows that.
So, moments after taking the oath of office Tuesday as the new mayor in Moab, Niehaus took only a brief moment to think of an answer when asked what would be her very first order of business as leader of the city council.
“I gotta move into the office,” she said, smiling.
Well, it wasn’t quite the first thing.
Before getting down to brass tacks, Niehaus had to greet the throng of guests who had gathered in the city council chambers to witness the swearing-in ceremonies of Niehaus and newly elected city council members Karen Newton-Guzman and Mike Duncan
“I’m excited to see what you can do,” said Moab City Animal Control Officer Mark Sutton, echoing the sentiment of many who were there.
Niehaus said she was excited, too, though at that moment, she said to another guest, “It’s really surreal.”
The smile that remained on her face did so without effort. “Tomorrow, I’ve got to get to work,” she said. “Today, it’s just a time to enjoy.”
And to another guest, she said, “Wish me well, and hold me accountable.”