The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee is under new management.
The mayor's office and most city council seats are now held by new faces.
The spotlight is on former State Senator Andy Berke, who, for a time, seemed to be more rock star than mayor.
"I, Andy Berke, do solemnly swear....do solemnly swear, that I will support the constitution....."
It was the highlight of the morning as the 45 year lawyer and former state senator repeated his oath of office.
He was elected with 72% of the vote, and his popularity was reflected in the crowd of more than a thousand people who came for the ceremony.
The new mayor's remarks focused his administration on public safety, economic development and youth development.
ANDY BERKE, MAYOR OF CHATTANOOGA "I will be putting forth a comprehensive public safety strategy to address the all too pervasive violence in our city. It means putting more cops on the street..but that's just the beginning." BUMP "we must be ready to prosecute and punish anyone who commits violence in our city, putting gangs on notice that their destructive behavior will not be tolerated."
After the ceremony, Berke's supporters moved to the steps of the city hall..where about 300 of them waited on his arrival.
(BERKE ARRIVING, WALKING THROUGH THE CROWD, TO APPLAUSE" )
He spoke briefly before entering city hall for a quick news briefing.
The city also has 7 new council members. By districts, Chip Henderson, Jerry Mitchell, Ken Smith, Larry Grohn, Russell Gilbert, Carole Berz, Chris Anderson, Moses Freeman and Yusef Hakeem took the oath. Carol Berz and Russell Gilbert were the only two holdovers from the Littlefield council---they ran unopposed.
Mayor Berke summed up the hopes of all the new city leaders.
ANDY BERKE "Join me in writing the new Chattanooga story..one in which all of us have a unique part. We live in the greatest city in the world..but out best days are ahead of us."
At his news conference Berke was asked about the future of Police Chief Bobby Dodd, one of the few holdovers from the Littlefield administration.
The mayor says he is meeting regularly with Dodd, who is still in his position as Chief.