The four floors of St. Louis City Hall Rotunda were standing room only on Tuesday afternoon as Lyda Krewson was sworn in as the city’s 46th mayor.
Prior to the mayoral inauguration, Darlene Green was sworn in as City Comptroller, who spoke of the accomplishments done in her previous terms, what the office means to her, and the work she plans on facing in her new term. Green noted of a new initiative she is working on called Come Back St. Louis, which aims at redeveloping abandoned neighborhoods and reducing crime.
All 28 wards in the city were represented by their respective alderman who were in attendance, some who were sworn in just minutes before the ceremony began. Also in attendance was former Mayor Francis Slay, who was honored as the city’s longest running mayor.
Mayor Sly James of Kansas City delivered the pre-inaugural address. James noted the similarities to both Kansas City and St. Louis, and common goals that both cities should aim toward to help create a better Missouri.
Following Krewson’s swearing-in, she addressed the Rotunda and how far the city has come. From The Loop to South Grand, Old North to Hyde Park, the city has progressed, but she noted the new work that still needed to be done, vowing to “tackle the vacant building problem.”
And with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger in attendance, Krewson addressed the need to unify regional governments. “I will continue to seek every opportunity to work with other regional leaders, to think and act regionally, to combine into one region, to build a St. Louis that is sharper, stronger and more competitive in the world marketplace,” she said. V
by Kevin Schmidt