CLEVELAND – On Monday, Frank G. Jackson was sworn-in for a third term as Cleveland’s mayor.
“I asked Frank if I could say a few words before I administer the oath,” said Appellate Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon.
She has given the oath of office to Mayor Jackson since he was first elected to Cleveland City Council. On Monday, she did it one more time for the mayor.
“Congratulations,” said Judge Blackmon before Mayor Jackson, 67, received a standing ovation from a large crowd at Cleveland City Hall.
“The measure of our greatness will be what we do for the least of us,” said Mayor Jackson, who talked about his goals for the city and the approximately 400,000 people who live in Cleveland.
The mayor said he’ll focus heavily on controlling crime, drug and gun trafficking and redeveloping the lakefront area. According to Mayor Jackson, the troubled school system will also get much of his attention.
"The Cleveland Plan for Education has given us the tools we need to be successful, now it's time for implementation,” said Mayor Jackson. “Our failure to implement will result in the extinction of public education as we know it in the City of Cleveland and it will not be good for the city.”
The Mayor also reiterated something on Monday that he said on election night. Cleveland’s comeback won’t be complete until each community makes a comeback and not just the downtown area, according to the Mayor.
“I intend to accomplish the things I mentioned and do it in a way that Cleveland is better off and that we do have a focus on inclusion of everyone into our prosperity and quality of life.”
Jackson said he’s focused on making sure new businesses prosper with more opportunities for minorities and ex-felons while positioning Cleveland for a brighter future.
As for a fourth term, the Mayor said it’s not out of the question.
“I did not intend to run this time, but I did,” said Mayor Jackson. “I’ll play it all by ear.”