Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland administered the oath of office to Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, District 4 Councilman David May, District 5 Councilman Dale Hughes and At-Large Councilman George Poe.
Johnson said he was fortunate to be one of the longest-serving Councilmen vested with the responsibility of guiding Cleveland.
“I promise I will continue to do the very best job I can,” he said.
May expressed his love for the city of Cleveland and the 4th District, adding, “and I consider it an honor to serve and look forward to working with my colleagues. I feel like we’ve got some tough times ahead of us, but I feel like working together, we can make the decisions we have to for the betterment of Cleveland.”
Hughes was elected to his first full term after he was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Bill Robertson in April 2011.
“I appreciate the confidence of the Council and the opportunity to serve,” Hughes said. “I look on both my left and my right and I can say without reservation that each of these gentlemen love this city. I know their heart at this time and I know the time they spend on various different projects.”
Hughes also thanked city staff for their hard work and dedication.
Poe said running for re-election presents a problem because the public knows what he will do.
“You can’t lie to the people and tell the people what you are going to do, because you’ve already done it,” Poe said. “If you get re-elected it’s even a bigger honor because you’re going to do the same thing you’ve been doing.”