OC mayor, councilmen, police chief sworn in

The Oil City mayor, two city council members and the city police chief took their oaths of office Monday during a brief swearing-in ceremony at city hall.

“We will not be slowing down,” said Mayor Bill Moon, who was re-elected last fall to a second four-year term. “Thank you for letting me serve you for another four years.”

Sworn in for service on city council were Ron Gustafson, re-elected to a third term, and newcomer Mike Walentosky, who defeated first-term incumbent Dale Massie to win the second council seat.

Gustafson owns a local construction company, and Walentosky is manager of the Oil City CVS store.

They join mid-term council members Michael Poff and Isaiah Dunham. Walentosky and Poff are Democrats while Moon, Gustafson and Dunham are Republicans.

Also sworn in was police chief Dave Ragon, who was appointed to the top law enforcement post in the city in late 2019. The Oil City native, an Army veteran, joined the city police department in 1995.

Council also passed a resolution honoring Massie’s for his “outstanding and dedicated public service” to the city.

Eric Reamer, a local pastor, offered the invocation and benediction. City Manager Mark Schroyer administered the oaths.