Mayor-elect Tony Yarber will be sworn in at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning at city hall. He won a special election Tuesday to replace late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.
Yarber defeated Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late mayor, with 54% of the vote.
Wednesday, the mayor-elect met with students and faculty at the Hinds Community College minority male leadership initiative.
He's already assembled a transition team that's evaluating the performance of city department heads. No specific changes are being announced yet.
"We'll be looking holistically at the police department as well as every other department as we go along making decisions," said Yarber. "Some are a priority right now, some things we know we have to move on in the next few weeks. There are other things we don't think are as much of a priority."
At 36, he may be the youngest mayor ever to lead the capitol city. Yarber says his new perspective may be just what the city needs.
"We'll be looking to be sure that this is a city that is inclusive of all people," said Yarber. "I think my youthfulness gives me a world view that says it doesn't matter if you're Spanish speaking or whether you speak Yiddish, we want you to have a place in the city of Jackson."
The Jackson City Council will likely set a date for a special election to fill in his void on the council during their next meeting.
Mayor-elect Yarber says one of his first goals will be to limit the burden of the cost of city water sewer services on residents.
"I intend to go before the council and ask the council to make consideration at looking at incremental increases versus the increase that we approved as a council last year," said Yarber.
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