Tim Kelly officially sworn in as Mayor of Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – After a long winded campaign season that included a runoff election , Chattanooga finally has a new Mayor. 

It’s the beginning of a new era for the City of Chattanooga as Tim Kelly officially takes his place as Mayor of Chattanooga.

City council members were also sworn into office alongside Mayor Kelly at the Tivoli Theater. 

Mayor Kelly thanked former Mayor Andy Berke for his hard work and acknowledged the many challenges that lie ahead. 

“I know that we have what it takes to meet these challenges head on. We can do it together as one chattanooga and we will do just that. Together we will build a better economy than the one we left behind before this pandemic began. One that includes all of our neighbors regardless of their zip code. We will secure the future of our children by investing thousands more into early learning and pre k seats over my term,” says Mayor Tim Kelly, Chattanooga. 

Mayor Kelly continues to acknowledge the importance of updating and repairing our city’s infrastructure. 

“Under my leadership, Chattanooga will get back to basics. Our city services will be responsive, cost effective and we will clearly communicate how, when and where things are going to get fixed. To put it simply we will fill up a lot of potholes & pave a lot of roads, striving to make this a more enjoyable city for all of its residents,” says Mayor Kelly.

Once sworn in, Mayor Kelly and city council members walked from the TiVoli to the steps of city hall. 

With a new administration being put into place, the Mayor and city council are eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work-together. 

“I’m excited to work with our residents , people of district 7, & to bring us together as one. It’s time to move progressively forward together,” says Raquetta Dotley, City Council member.

Mayor Kelly added that regarding his future plans, he will choose a director of community health right away to deal with the pressing issues surrounding the pandemic.

“We have to get people in the right positions to keep the wheel turning. We got to get things moving. We have a homelessness crisis , we have a housing crisis & we have a covid crisis we have to emerge from. The political process was nothing I enjoyed. This is the part that I’m looking forward to and that’s getting to work,” says Mayor Kelly. 

 

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