Susannah Faulkner sworn in as newest City Council member

Sara Provencio, at left, swears in her friend Susannah Faulkner, at right, as the newest Erie City Councilwoman, on Feb. 15, 2023 in Erie City Council Chambers. Faulkner will serve out the remainder of Liz Allen’s term, who resigned in January 2023. Faulkner will serve until Dec. 31, 2023.

Erie’s newest City Council member was sworn in on Wednesday night.

Susannah Faulkner, 34, the director of development for the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, was selected by City Council members from a pool of 20 applicants to fill the seat of Liz Allen, who resigned in January. Faulkner will serve out Allen’s term until Dec. 31, 2023.

Erie Mayor Joe Schember, who attended the swearing-in at the beginning of City Council’s regular monthly evening meeting, offered his congratulations and support.

“I’m happy and excited for Councilwoman Faulkner,” Schember said Wednesday night. “She’s a great addition to Council and I look forward to working with her.”

Faulkner is ready to go.

I’m feeling very grateful,” said Faulkner, who is a west bayfront resident. “This is a huge opportunity, and I’m ready to dive in.”

Her next steps?

“What’s next is planning some town hall meetings, some opportunities to meet folks out in the community and really keep learning more and meeting with residents.”

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