Saturday, September 20, 2008
Motown's Got A New Leader: Ken Cockrel Jr.
The place where Motown was born, Detroit, swore in its new Mayor on this past Friday. 42-year old, Ken Cockrel Jr. was sworn in as the temporary mayor of Detroit. The Democrat "officially" became the city's Mayor at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Crockel, a former newspaper reporter and Detroit's City Council President, has already began to hire new people. He has hired a former federal prosecutor to be his deputy mayor along with choosing a new police chief.
Hopefully these new changes will allow for a new beginning in Detroit. Detroit should now be able to put the scandal of previous Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick behind them and look to better days.
"This is our time for hope and also for renewal," Cockrel said. "It's our time to breathe life back into the city."
"From this moment on, the past is the past," Cockrel said after the ceremony. "Because of the events of the past several months, it's critical that we find closure, mend our wounds, treat our bumps and our bruises and heal as a city."