Newly sworn in Upland city council member Debbie Stone takes her seat for the first time as Upland mayor Ray Musser looks on Monday evening September 26, 2011 in Upland. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2011 01:58:38 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city has two new top officials who aim to help the city move past recent allegations of corruption stemming out of the city.

Debbie Stone was sworn in as councilwoman and Jeff Mendenhall was sworn in as police chief at council meetings on Monday.

“It was awesome,” Stone said. “It was really a whole different perspective sitting up there and looking out there and listening to the citizens speak and their concerns.”

The funeral director for Stone Funeral Home in Upland was elected to the council in August during a special all-mail election to fill a vacancy left by Ray Musser. He was appointed mayor in February.

Last week, City Manager Stephen Dunn appointed Mendenhall, who was previously a captain in the Police Department, after former police Chief Steve Adams left on medical retirement.

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