Mayor Smith intends to put Adrian back on the map

by | January 17, 2020 5:00 am

Last Updated: January 16, 2020 at 9:46 am

by WHITLEY CLIFTON

On Thursday, January 9, the City of Adrian convened at 5:30 p.m. at the Community House in Adrian for the purpose of installing and swearing-in newly elected officials.

Present for the ceremony was The Honorable Judge Don Wilkes, who swore in city councilpersons Ed Brown, Jesse Yawn, and Michelle Love.

The meeting was historic in that the City of Adrian also saw its first African American mayor—its first female African American mayor at that—be sworn in. Wynola Smith took her oath from Judge Wilkes as well.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Smith approached the stand to present a speech regarding her vision for Adrian. She and council plan to move the city into the future.

“We have been stagnant for too long,” Mayor Smith said. “It is our mission to network together for city improvement to make this city a better place to live.”

Mayor Smith was elected to serve on the Adrian City Council 12 years ago and has served the approximate previous four years as mayor pro tem.

“We are a small town and by working together, we can make the City of Adrian better than it is now. We intend on making the city a better place while striving to be ‘put back on the map,’ as they say,” Mayor Smith added.

She further gave credit to Yawn, who also serves as chief of Adrian Fire Department and mayor pro tem; Love; Brown; Suzanne Hutcheson; and Zelda Sumner. Mayor Smith further gave credit to city clerk Stephanie Jean, deputy clerk Felecia Owen, police chief Joshua Pennington and police sergeant Kyle Strickland for services and duties rendered to the City of Adrian, as well as past city council members and all African American councilpersons who have served the city.

Mayor Smith closed by expressing her excitement to work with everyone, especially to beautify and push Adrian forward while making it a great place to live and be proud of. All of the attendees were then invited to join in a reception.

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