TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Mayor-elect Jane Castor was sworn into office on Wednesday, replacing Mayor Bob Buckhorn to become Tampa’s 59th mayor.
The former police officer took her oath of office at 10 a.m. in front of a celebratory crowd at Armature Workers on Ola Avenue.
Castor talked about the city’s strength in diversity, and how its future is dependent on working together.
“Just as Tampa’s prior success wasn’t accidental, our continued success is not inevitable. Much of Tampa’s story has yet to be written. And how we write this chapter, our chapter, and how we tackle our biggest challenges will largely determine our fate,” she said.
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Castor made history in April after defeating philanthropist David Straz in a runoff election and becoming the city’s first openly gay mayor.
“It is my hope that someday we will reach a point where everyone is judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin…That who you love is not as important as that you love and how you love.”
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Current Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said it’s inspiring for his department to see a former chief become mayor.
“Being chief of police is certainly a gift,” said Dugan. “It’s a rare opportunity. And for her to move on to be mayor is even greater example of her leadership and how well she’s liked.”
Joe Citro, John Dingfelder, Bill Carlson and Orlando Gudes, four newly-elected members of Tampa’s City Council, also took their oath of office at the ceremony.
Afterwards, the new councilmembers voted on officers.
Luis Viera is the new chairman of city council. Guido Maniscalco will serve as vice chair.