New Gulfport mayor and council sworn in

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The city was a buzz as it ushered in a new day in leadership.

"Let me congratulate the citizens of Gulfport for having the sound judgement, the vision and the faith in the future of electing such a leader as George Schloegel.  He will be one of the great mayors in the history of this city," says former Governor William Winter.

Former democratic governor William Winter got the crowd going as he praised his republican friend of nearly 40 years.

"I'm a George Scholoegel democrat and as far as a I'm concerned we're on the same side," says Winter.

Sharing the spotlight with the new mayor were the new city council members.  Five of them are new to office.

They included Ella Holmes-Hines, Libby Milner Roland, Robert Flowers, Rusty Walker, Ricky Dombrowski, Kenneth Casey and Cara Pucheu.

After the council, the mayor took his oath then took the podium as the new mayor of Gulfport.  The new mayor became emotional as he mentioned his grandfather.  But, he also mixed in a bit of humor as he talked about the weather.

"I've got three things with me.  I've got a text of the speech that I have written, I got this stick it's my grandfather's and I've got a thermometer thought yall might be interested in this.

Though he had a speech prepared, in the end, Scholegel decided to speak from the heart.

"I'll simply say God bless you...God bless you...God bless Gulfport and God bless the United States of America," says Schloegel.

"I thought his speech was great.  I think all of us politicians ought to learn about brevity particularly when it's really hot," says Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi secretary of state.

Though the ceremony focused on the new mayor and council, those who came say they couldn't forget the work Mayor Brent Warr has done for the city for the past four years.

"I thought he did an excellent job.  Anyone that came in at the time he came in after Katrina and picked up the pieces...it was just unreal what he did for the city of Gulfport," says Betsy Matthews, Gulfport.

Following the ceremony, there were two stages of live music and area food vendors for people to enjoy.

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