KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quinton Lucas is officially the new mayor of Kansas City, Missouri.
Lucas and six new City Council members were sworn in Thursday morning inside the council chambers on the 26th floor of City Hall.
In his first moments as mayor, Lucas pledged to bring free bus service to the city, finish the new Kansas City International Airport terminal on schedule and remove Kansas City from the FBI's list of 100 most dangerous cities.
"No issue is more important than the tragic loss of life," Lucas said in his address.
Lucas won the election in June, beating fellow city council member Jolie Justus.
The new mayor says passion will help him solve the following:— Charlie Keegan (@CharlieKeegan41) August 1, 2019
-make @RideKCTransit free
-spend tax $ wisely/fairly
-give people a second chance
-make sure everyone can get home safely https://t.co/ohv04scRFE
After the ceremony, a series of other events will celebrate the inauguration.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the city will host a cookout at Ilus Davis Park, north of City Hall. Food and beverages will be available for city staff and members of the public.
Friday, Mayor Lucas will attend the First Friday block party on Baltimore Avenue between 18th and 19th streets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, the city will host a dessert and cocktail gala at Union Station from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and via Facebook.com/quinton.lucas.
“I’m honored to serve the people of Kansas City and am looking forward to working with our community to improve the quality of life for all individuals in all of our neighborhoods,” Lucas said in a statement.