Glen Robertson Sworn In as Lubbock Mayor
Lubbock’s new mayor and council member have officially taken office.
Glen Robertson took the mayoral oath of office as his wife, Karen, held the bible on Saturday morning at Lubbock City Hall.
The Lubbock City Council as seated prior to the May 12th election voted to canvass the votes and declare the results of the election. Following the reading and approval, the name placards were taken down from the dais, and there was a brief recess prior to the public oaths.
District 2 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Floyd Price called the second portion of the meeting to order, and Robertson officially became Lubbock’s mayor following the oath.
“I am humbled by the voters’ trust, in electing me to lead this city as mayor,” Robertson said. “I take this job with one agenda; to lead our city in a manner that will provide better services for the health, safety, and well-being of every citizen of Lubbock.”
Robertson said that he challenges his fellow council members to six goals in the upcoming years. His stated goals are:
- no net fee increases,
- have open and honest discussion about what should be a tax and what should be a fee,
- take a hard look at every City department budget to find areas that can be cut without a loss of necessary services,
- work with state and national leaders to fight new regulatory mandates and protect our natural resources,
- create and implement a plan that reduces all routine maintenance debt to zero in five years,
- make the city decision making process more transparent.
Robertson said he wants all City Council meetings held in the evenings, more board and commission meetings televised, the City’s website upgraded, and more in-depth debate in public meetings.
District 6 Councilwoman and local attorney Latrelle Joy was sworn in by Municipal Judge Robert Doty, who was also just sworn in for another term a few minutes prior.
“I will work with Mayor Robertson and this Council, and I think that I can bring to this dais, a lot of experience out of my profession, but just a lot of life experiences that I’ve had in the fifty years I’ve been in Lubbock,” said Joy.
District 2 Councilman Floyd Price took his third oath of office, having been originally elected to the position in 2004. Following his swearing-in, Price sang a portion of “Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady,” to his wife Violet, in honor of their upcoming 48th anniversary.
The municipal elections aren’t completely finished, as District 4 Councilman Paul R. Beane must face challenger Jim Gerlt in a runoff election on June 23rd. Beane received 45 percent of the vote, Gerlt got 42 percent of the vote, and Dwight Fullingim received 13 percent.
This Council will hold their first meeting late this month.
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