by: Laurie Johnson, January 3, 2006 5:01:00 am
A fairly quiet November election resulted in a second term for Houston Mayor Bill White. He took his oath of office before a large crowd assembled at the Police Officers Memorial just west of Downtown.
City Controller Annise Parker was also sworn in to her second term and Mayor White then swore in the 14 members of City Council. Four members are new to the council. In his inaugural address, White charged the new council to act boldly and get things done for the city of Houston. He made several promises to Houstonians, including a pledge to work with the Houston Independent School District on reducing the dropout rate among high school students.
White says students must have good job opportunities to help Houston grow, and he acknowledged with that growth will come another kind of problem for the region.
The mayor also dedicated a portion of his speech to City of Houston employees, thanking them for their work and efforts. The mayor and council members are elected every two years. Four councilmembers were replaced due to term limits. Rookie councilmembers Jarvis Johnson, Anne Clutterbuck, Peter Brown and Sue Lovell will participate in their first council meetings this week.