Monday, July 18, 2011 | 7:12 p.m.
More than a month after besting Richard Cherchio in the general election by a single vote, Wade Wagner was sworn in Monday night as the North Las Vegas Ward 4 City Council member.
Surrounded by friends and family, Wagner took the oath of office at 6:30 p.m. in a brief ceremony at City Council chambers.
“It’s been a long haul,” said Wagner, a dentist. “I’m glad to be here and am ready to get to work … to see if we can’t turn this ship around.”
The race for the Ward 4 seat has been mired in controversy. Wagner and incumbent Cherchio held different views on how to address the city’s steep budget deficits, and Cherchio was the target of fierce attacks from the city’s public safety unions.
With only a single vote separating the two, the results entered the court system after it was found an illegal ballot was cast in the election.
A temporary restraining order was issued to prevent Wagner from being sworn in, but the injunction was lifted Monday afternoon.
Wagner said he found out the court order had been lifted at 3 p.m. when he was volunteering at a youth camp on Mount Charleston.
“Once I heard I had to come down and get dressed,” he said.
Wagner’s first meeting will be Wednesday, when the council will be faced with several important items, including appointing an acting city attorney and approving a new round of concessions from local firefighters.
Cherchio has indicated he plans to request a recount, and has until Wednesday to file.