WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Woonsocket Mayor-elect Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was officially sworn back into office Tuesday night.
The city council voted Baldelli-Hunt out of office in October. The decision stemmed from a complaint lodged by Councilor Denise Sierra, in which she claimed Baldelli-Hunt wasn’t performing her duties as mayor. (Sierra did not seek reelection this year.)
Baldelli-Hunt ran unopposed on the November ballot and was reelected with 76% of the vote.
She said she plans putting together a charter review commission to enact changes that will prevent the city council from removing future mayors from office.
“It was undemocratic, it was horrific, to think and be so brazen that you feel that you have so much power and authority and you dismiss the vote of the people,” Baldelli-Hunt told 12 News on Tuesday.
This will be Baldelli-Hunt’s fifth term as mayor. Woonsocket City Council President Daniel Gendron had been acting mayor in her stead.
An inauguration ceremony for Baldelli-Hunt and the newly elected city councilors was held at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center.
12 News reached out to Sierra and Gendron for comment and is waiting to hear back.