In his inaugural address Monday, Charleston’s first new mayor in 40 years said a successful Charleston cannot rest on the good times and needs to continue forward.
John Tecklenburg said he will do what is needed to keep Charleston on a prosperous course “to achieve sustainable growth, while respecting our environment.” Tecklenburg was sworn in Monday at a ceremony outside City Hall.
Tecklenburg said that the success of Charleston’s future must be a group effort. “To begin a new chapter in Charleston’s history there is much work to be done. Work we should and must do together.”
The new mayor said Charleston’s good fortunes have come with some complications. “We must tackle the problems that have come with our success, particularly in the areas of livability and quality of life. From traffic to tourism. From recreation to redevelopment,” Tecklenburg said.
He said he has already spoken with the police and fire chiefs, “to ensure that the City of Charleston is doing all we can do to keep our citizens safe and secure in our city.”
Tecklenburg was elected in a nonpartisan runoff election in November after longtime mayor Joe Riley decided against a run for an eleventh term. Riley had led the city since 1975.