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Flint’s new mayor is sworn in, calls for unity

Flint's new mayor called for unity as he took his oath of office Monday. 

“I do solemnly swear or affirm….I do solemnly swear or affirm…..”

 

Sheldon Neeley took his oath of office in front of an overflow crowd of supporters at Flint city hall.

Neeley defeated incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver last week in a very close election.

The new mayor is hoping for unity moving forward.

“It’s going to be a different day.   More so, not because we have animosity in our hearts, hostility in our words….but it’s a day of unity here in this community.”

Neeley is now in charge of a city with serious budget and crime problems, as well as the lingering effects of the city’s water crisis. I'm Steve Carmody.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A