CHIPLEY -- Chipley welcomed a new mayor and its first female black council member at a city meeting Tuesday.

Chipley City Council on Tuesday appointed and swore-in as mayor now three-term council member John "Tommy" Sasser and Chipley native Tracey Andrews, who makes history as the City's first black council woman.

"We all come from different diverse backgrounds. Regardless where you run, people say different things, but really, when you work together as a team, you can accomplish anything," Andrews said at the reception held before being sworn in.

"It's respecting others and being the voice for the citizens," she added.

Andrews, who is representing Ward 3, is a 1986 Chipley High School graduate, obtained her A.A. Degree from Chipola College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M University. She has been employed with Gulf Power for 25 years and has served on various City boards, including Parks and Recreation, Code Enforcement and Planning and Zoning.

Newly appointed Mayor Sasser was equally enthusiastic about being granted another opportunity to serve his community in a new capacity. He represented Ward 2 for two-and-a-half terms before being sworn-in Tuesday as unopposed for the same ward and as mayor.

"I hope I can live up to the expectations," Sasser humbly said after the meeting. "I think it's an honor."

The council members were sworn in by Circuit Judge Timothy Register.