One councilor says goodbye, and another takes over.
"I'm excited and looking forward to the new opportunity," Brian Hooker, District 3 Councilor, says.
Hooker takes the place of former District 3 City Councilor Rick Hatcher.
He reached the term limit, so he was not able to run for reelection.
"Our city, there's none like it," Hatcher says. "There's no place better in the world, I think, than Wichita Falls to live, raise a family, and run a business."
Hatcher says if there's one piece of advice he could pass along to Hooker and future councilors, it's not to become controlled by the contributions and influence of special interest groups .
"Stand by your convictions. Be firm in what you believe, and then you can sleep at night. And try to always do the right thing," Hatcher says.
"I really enjoyed his advice. I think it's great advice. I'm looking forward to filling his spot," Hooker says.
Hatcher, who owns Hatcher Poultry and Egg Co, says he's glad to have another businessman replace him.
"His name is associated with one of the oldest professions known to man: dry cleaning," Hatcher says.
Hooker owns several local businesses: Comet Cleaners, Sun Point Tanning Center, and Planet Fitness.
Also this morning, Mayor Glenn Barham and incumbents of Districts 4 and 5, held by Tim Ingle and Mary Ward, were sworn in.
Each of their positions were unopposed in the city election.