Residents, supporters, employees, family and friends gathered today at Cleveland City Hall to witness the historic fourth inauguration ceremony of Mayor Frank G. Jackson. Mayor Jackson, a strong advocate for the people of Cleveland and their neighborhoods is the first Cleveland mayor elected to serve four consecutive four-year terms
He will build on the city’s numerous successes over the past 12 years, while overcoming any remaining challenges.
“How do we become a great city?” asked Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “A great city will be measured by the condition and well-being of the least of us. Not in terms of welfare and charity, but in terms of being able to participate in quality of life, prosperity and the elimination of inequities and disparities.
During his speech, Jackson –the city’s 56th mayor – touched on core challenges that need to be collectively addressed in his new term. These include education, economic development, economic empowerment and public safety. He reminded the audience that Cleveland is a successful city, but addressing these issues will ensure Cleveland becomes a great city. View Mayor Jackson’s remarks here.
The event featured musical performances by the City of Cleveland Urban Jazz Ensemble and Cleveland Division of Police Sgt. Kennedy Jones. Additional participants include Neela Narin, a student from Campus International School; Rev. Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness, Senior Pastor, Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church; The Honorable Patricia A. Blackmon, Judge, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District;Dr. Kenneth W. Chalker, Senior Pastor, Church in the Circle,University Circle United Methodist Church and Pastor Jose Reyes, Iglesia Nueva Vida (Church of New Life).
Check out the livestream of the inauguration below: