ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - It was a history making day in St. Louis as Lyda Krewson took the oath of office Tuesday at the St. Louis City Hall Rotunda to become the city’s 46th mayor.
Krewson thanked her family, colleagues, and all city workers.
“I am well aware I didn't get here by myself and I won’t govern by myself,” she said.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered the pre-inaugural address and said Krewson is a woman who has guts to stand up for what she believes in, like neighborhood safety.
“We must find a way for more competitive paid and trained police staff, and work on the relationship between law enforcement and the community,” Krewson said.
A packed city hall listened as the new mayor said she won’t leave behind the city's most vulnerable, stating 30 percent of residents lives in poverty. She wants safe and reliable transportation and will fight for dependable city services, but needs citizens to engage in helping their city.
“Mayor Krewson did an outstanding job in her speech. I’m proud of her. She has the energy, intellect, and a good team around her,” said former mayor Francis Slay.
Krewson said she’ll seek regional cooperation to make St. Louis sharper and more competitive in the world marketplace.
“We are going to talk more about cooperation,” said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. “We already do that, but there’s always room for more.”