Mayor Mike Duggan, City Clerk Janice Winfrey, members of Detroit’s City Council and the city’s Board of Police Commissioners gathered before a crowd of about 500 for the program on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.
U.S. Appellate Judge Damon Keith conducted the swearing-in beginning by crediting Duggan for his success, saying that for Detroit, the mayor has “done the impossible.”
“It’s just wonderful that this place is full of enthusiasm and commitment for what you have done for our great city,” Keith said during the program.
“As you look at this crowd here today, to think where we were four years ago and where we are now, it’s unbelievable … that one person can make a difference,” Keith added. “And Mayor Duggan, you have made a difference.”
Duggan was re-elected Nov. 7 to his second, four-year term as Detroit’s mayor, defeating challenger State Sen. Coleman A. Young II by a 2-1 margin. He’s vowed his focus going forward will be a “one Detroit for all of us.”
The mayor on Tuesday touted the partnership between his office and the city’s council.
“We have go to extend Detroit’s recovery to every neighborhood and we’ve got to extend opportunity to every Detroiter,” Duggan said. “We have to shift from making the services work to a city where everybody is included and everybody is participating.”
One method of attacking the issue, Duggan said, will be through the addition of small business district managers in Detroit’s seven council districts to help fill vacant neighborhood storefronts with a focus on Detroit-based hiring. (from The Detroit News, 1/9/2018)