Newly elected Seattle officials sworn into their positions today in the City Council chambers at Seattle City Hall. Included are the 52nd Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Pete Holmes, incumbent City Councilmen Richard Conlin, Nick Licata, and new City Councilmen Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien. Each of them made a short speech to thank their campaign, family, and friends after making their oaths.

Newly elected Seattle officials sworn into their positions today in the City Council chambers at Seattle City Hall. Included are the 52nd Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Pete Holmes, incumbent City Councilmen Richard Conlin, Nick Licata, and new City Councilmen Sally Bagshaw and Mike O’Brien. Each of them made a short speech to thank their campaign, family, and friends after making their oaths.

 

After being sworn in by his children Miyo and Cian, Mayor McGinn half-jokingly attested his dedication to the city by paraphrasing his wife that he takes his community work more seriously than his own children. He then shared his upcoming challenges by acknowledging that citizens look to the government for leadership during difficulty times. By summarizing his positive experiences with the post-election townhall meetings, he believes the people of Seattle are ready to act with the many ideas he gathered. Mayor McGinn had already begun his effort with his recent executive orders to reduce senior-level government employee pay as well as reducing positions in order to reduce deficit. He closed by inviting the public to attend his open house at the town hall this Saturday, January 9th, there he will continue the discussion on issues such as education and transportation.

 

City Attorney Pete Holmes reaffirmed his top priority being public safety, with resolves to show that Seattle is not in the “jail-building business”. Acknowledging there is a disproportionate amount of minority group members and poor people in the city’s jail system, he pledges to maintain public safety and fair justice.

 

Re-elected Councilman Richard Conlin emphasized the importance of communal unity during tough times, highlighting the urgency for Link light rail projects to keep neighborhood connected. Improvements of pedestrian pathways and bicycle boulevards are also later mentioned by new Council member Sally Bagshaw, who discussed creation of jobs that can grow with the economy. She is also looking forward to working closely with the public schools to make the Seattle School District even greater.

 

Consistent with the theme of the City Council and of Mayor McGinn, re-elected Councilman Nick Licata made note to keep the government transparent to the public. He praised the work of the current environment commission in ensuring the water and air of Seattle remains clean. Newly elected Councilman Mike O’Brien could hardly hide his enthusiasm for the coming work behind his grin as he thanked everyone’s hope and dedication for the City of Seattle.

 

Shortly after the inaugurations, the City Council meeting proceeded to nominate and elect Richard Conlin as the Chair of the Council. The inauguration meeting was followed by festivities at the City Hall, including more speeches from the new officials and performances by local musicians.

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