Posted Sep 19th 2008 12:36PM by BlackSpin
It was out with the old and in with the new on Friday, in Motown, as Ken Cockrel Jr. was sworn in as the temporary mayor of Detroit. The 42-year-old Democrat "officially" became the city's chief executive at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Cockrel, a former newspaper reported who was also president of the city council, has also hired a former federal prosecutor to be his deputy mayor along with picking a police chief. "This is our time for hope and also for renewal," Cockrel said.
"It's our time to breathe life back into the city."The difficult task now for Cockrel is getting residents to once again trust their city government. Detroit can now put the former mayor's Kwame Kilpatrick's scandals behind them, which include the sexually suggestive text messages to top aide Christine Beatty and perjury among many other charges. "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."