Mount Vernon Mayor Patterson-Howard inauguratedPosted: Updated:
After years of political instability, Mount Vernon is starting the new decade with a clean slate as the city's first female mayor is officially inaugurated.
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard gave out nearly 2,000 tickets for her ceremony and addressed a number of issues, including the 2020 budget, continued memorial field renovations and a fix on the sewers immediately.
Patterson-Howard has already appointed Glenn Scott as the new public safety commissioner. Scott says he is putting his foot down when it comes to policing the city.
In an announcement, he says he plans on restoring the police department to "its highest point of integrity."
Appointing Scott is one of Patterson-Howard's first steps she has taken as mayor-elect as she continues to try and change the narrative of a city plagued with corruption, lawsuits and political infighting.
Back in June, Patterson-Howard pulled off a surprise win in the Democratic primary and then a landslide victory over former Mayor Andre Wallace and Rosemarie Jarosz in the general election.
Patterson-Howard says she plans on strengthening the community and restoring trust in the city's leadership.
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