Madeline Rogero was sworn into office Saturday morning as Knoxville's first female mayor
Madeline Rogero became Knoxville's first female mayor Saturday morning, during an inauguration ceremony in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park.
Rogero is the 68th mayor to take office in the city, following interim-mayor Daniel Brown who filled the vacancy left by former Knoxville mayor and now Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
Rogero recognized the historic changes Knoxville citizens have witnessed.
"A great city recognizes and celebrates its milestones. We have seen the first governor from Knoxville in a century, our first African American mayor and now the first female mayor in Knoxville, and any of Tennessee's four big cities," she said.
During her inaugural address, Rogero said she is looking forward to the challenges ahead, and will focus on economic growth and environmental stewardship.
"As I enter the mayor's office, I am determined to stay focused on our core values and on the strategic priorities that will make our city stronger and sustainable. We must make choices today that meet our needs without jeopardizing the needs of our children, our grandchildren, and future generations."
Governor Bill Haslam, along with several other former Knoxville mayors, attended the ceremony. He offered some advice to the newly-elected mayor.
"While you should be mayor, you should also be Madeline," He said to Rogero. "The city of Knoxville overwhelmingly chose you to lead us. Use the gift that God has given you to lead this great city."
Rogero says she has already started to plan the budget for next fiscal year, and will soon meet with City Department heads to discuss their priorities.
"I'm just going to get to work and find out what we're doing now, and start setting our goals for this administration," she said.
What makes a great city? A great city recognizes and celebrates its milestones. We have seen the first governor from Knoxville in a century, our first African American mayor and now the first female mayor in Knoxville, and any of Tennessee's four big cities
Also during Saturday's ceremony, George Wallace, Marshall Stair, Finbarr Saunders and Mark Campen were sworn in as City Councilmen. Judge John R. Rosson Jr. was sworn in as City Judge.
Following the inauguration, city council held a special meeting in the same building to elect three council members to special positions.
The council elected First District Councilman Nick Pavlis to serve as Vice Mayor. Third District Councilwoman Brenda Palmer was elected to chair the Beer Board, and Sixth District Councilman, and former Mayor Daniel Brown was elected as a council representative to the Knoxville Transportation Authority.