Charlotte, NC -
The Queen City officially has a new set of leaders, including a new mayor.
Mayor-elect Jennifer Roberts took the oath of office last night with her husband and one of her three children by her side.
Roberts is taking the reins from Dan Clodfelter, who was appointed mayor after the arrest of former Mayor Pat Cannon on bribery charges.
In her acceptance speech, the democratic leader focused on public safety and economic stability. She promised to aggressively work to recruit companies, both big and small. She said she will hit the ground running her first day in office, beginning with a meeting with sanitation workers.
“Every single job is important because every city worker is serving our citizens.” said Roberts. “And folks who are sanitation workers, they’re off working in the dark first thing in the morning. They don't get appreciated the way that they should. We know that having a clean city is a safe city is a healthy city, and they’re essential to keeping Charlotte as beautiful and sparkling as it is.”
Roberts also put an emphasis on support for the LGBT community and youth. She was most recently spotted at a giving back event, in which she said it's important to her as a mayor that there are programs for youth outside of the classroom.
Roberts has promised to organize a summit within the first 100 days as mayor to ensure there are more opportunities and resources for young people in Charlotte. She said that could happen as early as march.