New Year's Day will be my first day in office as the next mayor of our great city of South Bend. I wanted to take a moment from our busy transition schedule to invite you to participate in the official swearing-in ceremony.
I will take the oath of office with recently elected Common Council officials on January 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. on the main floor of the County-City Building downtown.
The County-City Building is located at 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. and doors will open at 4:15 p.m. We ask that you bring a non-perishable food item with you to the event so we can help those in need in our community. After the ceremony, volunteers will provide light refreshments.
Meanwhile, my team and I are hard at work every day to ensure that we hit the ground running, without skipping a beat when it comes to city services. I'm assembling a top-flight leadership team for the city, and also working on key strategic initiatives to announce in the coming weeks: preparations for an economic summit, a new ethical standard for our administration, a culture of customer service throughout city government, and creative partnerships to support our schools.
These issues are vital to our community's success and I can't wait to work for you as your next mayor. It will take all of us working together to reach our goals for our city. Thank you, as always, for your support of my effort to bring a fresh start to South Bend.
Hope you and your friends and family have a nice holiday season.
Hope to see you on New Year's Day,