‘I don’t take this oath of office alone:’ Justin Bibb ceremonially sworn in as city’s 58th mayor


CLEVELAND (WJW) — Justin Bibb was ceremonially sworn in as the Cleveland’s 58th mayor Saturday afternoon.

At 2 p.m., Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart performed the public ceremony staged at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in the Music Hall.

When Mayor Bibb took the stage, he talked about how moved he was when he walked into city hall this week following in the footsteps of great leaders before him, including Carl Stokes, Michael White and the longest serving Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

He said his goal is to have “more progress than mistakes” and “more friends than enemies.”

“I did not campaign alone and I don’t take this oath of office alone,” he said.

Congresswoman Shontel Brown was also there making remarks.

Just after midnight on Jan. 3, the 34-year-old took the Oath of Office in a private ceremony and officially became the City of Cleveland’s next mayor.

Bibb was elected on Nov. 2 with more than 62% of the vote.

Due to COVID-19, today’s audience will be limited to family, essential staff and members of the media.

Over 1,200 people RSVPed to the in-person ceremony before it was changed to a virtual ceremony.

Bibb replaces Frank Jackson who had been in office since 2006.

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