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story.lead_photo.caption Frank Scott Jr. is sworn in as Little Rock's new mayor at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Frank Scott Jr. is officially Little Rock’s first popularly elected black mayor after being sworn in with a ceremony downtown New Year’s Day.

The Robinson Center performance hall auditorium was full as Scott and six city directors took their oaths of office.

“As a son of Little Rock I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity and responsibility to serve you and I thank you,” Scott said in his remarks after he was sworn in.

The occasion marked the first transition of power for the city’s top political office in 12 years. Monday was former mayor Mark Stodola’s last day in office. Stodola was first elected in 2006.

Scott, 35, is Little Rock’s 73rd mayor.

City directors Erma Hendrix, Ken Richardson, Kathy Webb, Lance Hines, Doris Wright and B.J. Wyrick also took their oaths of office for their next four year terms. The four other members are in the middle of their terms.

Scott, a former state Highway Commissioner and senior adviser to former Gov. Mike Beebe, defeated Baker Kurrus in last month's runoff election.

Little Rock has had two black mayors before, both of whom were elected city directors who later were chosen for the post by fellow board members. The city of nearly 200,000 is approximately 42 percent black.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • RBear
    January 1, 2019 at 3:47 p.m.

    Congratulations Mayor Frank Scott Jr. as you take office to lead the largest city in Arkansas. You have the support of MANY of those who live, work, or play in the city. We will be there to help grow this city into the vision you have articulated and what many of us want to see achieved.

  • Seitan
    January 1, 2019 at 3:56 p.m.

    Agreed. Despite the naysayers, as a resident, I see so many good things happening downtown and elsewhere. We still have more work to do, but many of us are up for it.

  • richardanderinpowell
    January 1, 2019 at 5:51 p.m.

    Best wishes and luck to you, Mayor Scott! We have been supporters and will continue to do so. We think you can be a unifying voice to this city. We enjoyed meeting you on the day we voted At Dunbar Comm. Center and were pleasantly surprised by your hug as we left. God Speed!!!

  • Doug
    January 1, 2019 at 6:16 p.m.

    Congratulations from your friends on the North side of the river Mr. Mayor, and may the good work begin!

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 2, 2019 at 12:23 a.m.

    Is seitan a joke account?

  • RBear
    January 2, 2019 at 12:27 a.m.

    Barefoot most of us often wonder that about your account.

  • ARMNAR
    January 2, 2019 at 12:50 a.m.

    Barefoot, might lithium help your condition? Would you find out, please? Kthxbye.

  • Razrbak
    January 2, 2019 at 9:11 a.m.

    Under current state laws, the Little Rock mayor is little more than a figurehead. Power lies with the City Manager and the Board of Directors. Still waiting on this paper to write about Scott's sealed criminal case involving a prostitute and his attempt to use his position as a highway commissioner to get the state police to drop the investigation. A crime involving moral turpitude is a barrier to holding public office in Arkansas.

  • MaxCady
    January 2, 2019 at 12:59 p.m.

    Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

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