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Keisha Lance Bottoms Sworn in as 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta

Post Date:01/02/2018 5:46 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303  

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


 News Release

 Keisha Lance Bottoms Sworn in as 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that Keisha Lance Bottoms has been sworn in as its 60th Mayor.  Mayor Bottoms announced her commitment to prioritize affordability, transparency, public safety, education, and transportation in her first 100 days in office.  Mayor Bottoms took the oath of office at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College before an audience of more than 2,000 residents, community representatives, dignitaries, and elected officials. 

“I am honored to have the privilege of serving the people of Atlanta, and I am thrilled to serve as only the second woman Mayor of our great city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “As the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, I will seek a new understanding, one grounded in civility and productive dialogue, to build a greater Atlanta. Within my first 100 days in office, we will take measurable actions to prioritize equity, affordability, a stronger school system, and access to transit. The theme of our campaign was ‘Keep Atlanta moving forward, leaving no one behind,’ and that is what I intend to do as Mayor.”

During her inaugural address, Mayor Bottoms pledged to roll out a $1 billion-dollar affordability plan – the largest affordable housing investment in the City’s history. She also announced her commitment to introduce a sweeping ethics and transparency reform package that will ensure the City’s contracting and procurement process is beyond reproach.

As an advocate for education, Mayor Bottoms announced that she will appoint a Chief Education Officer to her senior staff.  The position will act as a liaison between the Administration and Atlanta Public Schools and provide counsel to the Mayor on issues of early childhood education, vocational training and apprenticeships. Mayor Bottoms also announced her intention to establish a college savings account initiative for all students enrolling in Atlanta Public Schools.

“Thanks to generations of tremendous leadership, the bar has been set incredibly high for our city. I thank everyone for your belief in me, and for your belief that, as one Atlanta, we can raise the bar higher still,” added Mayor Bottoms.

Additionally, Mayor Bottoms announced her goal of achieving a AAA credit rating, the highest rating possible for a municipal government, for the first time in the City’s history. She announced an expansion of the Clean City Initiative to beautify highway entry and exit ramps throughout the city in recognition because Atlanta is a world-class city, and its infrastructure and credit should reflect this.

The Inauguration Ceremony and Inauguration events were paid for by various Atlanta-based companies and sponsors.

To read Mayor Bottoms’ remarks as prepared, click here.

About Morehouse College

Ranked America’s fifth “Most Entrepreneurial College” by Forbes Magazine in 2015, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,200 students and is the nation’s largest producer of black men who go on to receive doctorates. Historically, Morehouse also has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Morehouse College is one of the two top producers of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs. Prominent alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Morehouse currently has more than 16,000 alumni in 40 states and 14 countries.


For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter @KeishaBottoms




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