Don Iveson is sworn-in as Edmonton's new mayor
Don Iveson was sworn-in on Tuesday as Edmonton’s new mayor, the 35th in the city's history.
Iveson, 34, won a commanding mandate in last week’s election by garnering 62 per cent of the vote. He took the oath of office in front of hundreds who packed Edmonton city hall for the ceremony.
In his first remarks as mayor, Iveson repeated the themes of his election campaign: LRT expansion, urban intensification and fixing roads and drainage systems.
"We must put to an end yearly debates on the quality of basic city services by finding long term consistent solutions to predictable annual challenges," he said.
"We will fix the roads and we will remedy the weaknesses in our drainage system."
Iveson also emphasized the need to work together with neighbouring municipalities to get what is needed by the entire region.
“Only when we work as a region of diverse but purposeful, strategic partners will we succeed,” Iveson said.
“We look forward to collaborating in building a stronger and more prosperous future for the Edmonton region, while ensuring a more equitable share of the benefits and burdens of growth."
The twelve members of council were also administered the oath of office by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Don Manderscheid.
Newcomers Andrew Knack in Ward 1, Bev Esslinger in Ward 2, Michael Oshry in Ward 5, Scott McKeen in Ward 6, Michael Walters in Ward 10 joined veterans AmarjeetSohi, Bryan Anderson, Ed Gibbons, Ben Henderson, Tony Caterina and Dave Loken.
Mike Nickel was also elected in Ward 11. Nickel served one term on council until he was defeated by then-newcomer Don Iveson in the biggest upset of the 2007 election.
Walters said he is looking forward to working with his new colleagues on council.
"I think it's a great group of people and I'm excited to work with all of them," he said. "Everyone has own their unique skills and passions that they bring to this."