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Mayor: ‘We are on our way’

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Mayor Cedric Glover speaks after taking the oath of office for his second term during inauguration ceremonies at the Shreveport Convention Center on Tuesday. (Greg Pearson/The Times)

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By Icess Fernandez

Higher education, preserving movie and digital media among priorities

Despite the challenges, Shreveport is on its way to reaching its goal — becoming the next great city of the South, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover said.

“Four years ago, I said ‘here we are,'” the mayor said. “And so here we are again. Thank you for the opportunity to serve again.”

Glover and the new council members were sworn in during an inauguration ceremony Tuesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

The new council members are:

uRose Wilson McCulloch, District A

uJeffrey Everson, District B

uOliver Jenkins, District C

 

uMichael David Corbin, District D

 

uSamuel Lee Jenkins Jr., District G

Returning council members are:

uRon Webb, District E

uJoe Shyne, District F

The ceremony was part celebration and part recap of the past four years with music provided by the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir and the Booker T. Washington High School Marching Band.

The economic challenges of recent years have not derailed progress and going forward, the city will continue to grow, Glover said.

“Despite obstacles, we made tremendous progress, and we are on our way,” he said. “Some have doubted we could be the next great city of the South. We can and we will get there. I embrace the challenge of the next four years humbly “» as I realized I can’t do this alone.”

Glover said infrastructure is one of the top priorities for the city; it affects every citizen and makes a great impact. Also at the top of the list of priorities, he said, is ensuring the city has a higher education presence, preserving the movie and digital media and seeing construction of the Interstate 49 corridor.

“We are all tied together by a common strain of destiny,” he said. “This is where the rubber meets the road. Our citizens expect us to look out for their interests, not our own. We have some challenging days ahead. We have an opportunity to show the citizens that their concerns are our No. 1 priority.”

The five new council members heard some words of wisdom from Joyce Bowman, outgoing council member and chairwoman. She urged the newcomers to be vigilant: watch the budget, ask questions and read the audits.

“Attend (the meetings) and be engaged,” she said. “You are there for a reason. Do your duty. You have a staff that will help you find a solution. “» Use your staff.”

To be an effective council person, communication is key and keep it all in stride, Bowman added.

“Keep the lines of communication between each other and the mayor open,” she said. “Don’t take yourself seriously. Keep an open mind. You don’t have all the answers. Keep an open heart.”

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Written by demon53

November 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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