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"We will rise above degradation": Mayor Yarber officially sworn in

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson's new mayor Tony Yarber energized a crowd of supporters Thursday morning as he took the oath of office.

"We shall rise above degradation. Crime should not be our staple," he told the people cheering him on in front of Jackson City Hall.

Mayor Yarber stepped into the role vacated by Chokwe Lumumba, who passed away in February. After thanking the late mayor for laying a solid foundation, Mayor Yarber said everyone who lives and works in the City must do their part to make it inviting to new businesses, and friendly to established businesses. The role of his administration will be to serve with integrity.

"If we mess up we're gonna tell you how we messed up, and how we're gonna fix it. We're gonna be transparent," he says. "You can trust that we will allow you to hold us accountable because we won't keep secrets."

He was flanked by his family, and also the Jackson City Council. Mayor Yarber told Council members he will make sure communication is open on every matter that affects the city.

"You'll never be out of the loop. You'll never have to make a decision at the last minute without having the information you need to do it. That's my pledge, my commitment to you," he told them.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Yarber embraced his supporters, and told us he expects a report from each department head by Friday to find out what changes need to be made to allow City government to run effectively and efficiently.

Mayor Yarber says he will not endorse anyone for the seat he's vacating in Ward 6. 

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