Crystal Springs swears in 1st woman mayor - - Jackson, MS

Crystal Springs swears in 1st woman mayor

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CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was an historic day for the town of Crystal Springs as the first woman to be elected mayor, Sally Garland, was sworn in at City Hall Monday. 

The Board of Alderman, members of the business community and residents gathered for the ceremony.

An overflow crowd forced the event to be moved outside.

Garland headed the parks and recreation department for 15 years before winning the mayor's seat.

It was her first run for public office. 

Garland said, "We've got a lot of things we've got to do and look at. We've got to -- I need to learn about each department. You know that I'm the former parks and recreation director, so I know a lot about parks and recreation, but I need to learn about the other departments and find out how we can best serve our citizens, the ones who came out here today to support us." 

Crystal Springs has more than 5,800 residents. 

Garland is the first woman elected mayor in the town's 153 year history. 

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