Brandon Scott sworn in as Baltimore’s new mayor

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Mayor Brandon Scott makes his first remarks following his swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Emily Sullivan, WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott and Comptroller Bill Henry were sworn into their new offices Tuesday afternoon, ending an administration created by political re-shuffling after ex-mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid scandal.

The Democrats, formerly City Council President and 4th District Councilman, respectively, both campaigned on their progressive politics. Scott, 36, replaces longtime City Hall fixture Jack Young. Henry, 51, replaces Joan Pratt, who served as Comptroller for more than two decades.

Scott and Henry’s ceremonies were closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. They took their oaths inside City Hall separately, surrounded by a handful of family members while the public watched via live stream.

“You have entrusted me to be your mayor in this critical moment,” Scott, Baltimore’s 52nd mayor, said in a speech outside City Hall after the ceremony.

“Through fresh thinking, transparency, professionalism, integrity and hard work, we can meet these challenges. You will not agree with everything that I do, but I know you agree that the status quo cannot continue.”

Scott told an audience of reporters the city’s violence is “personal for you, just like it is for me.”

“It is clear our crime-fighting strategies clearly have not yielded the results we need as we continue to lose too many people to violence and those who are committing these acts remain comfortable on our streets,” he said. “This is unacceptable and will change.”

He said that he will not “hesitate or waver to make decisions that save lives and protect our economy” and that he will seek to ensure that every Baltimorean wears a mask and has access to the coronavirus vaccine.

Read more at WYPR or view the video of Mayor Brandon Scott’s inaugural remarks, here.  (The mayor begins at approx. 2:15 into the video.)


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