Mayor's Office

Press Release

 

MAYOR PARKER AND CITY CONTROLLER SWORN IN

 

January 2, 2010 -- With her hand on her grandparents’ Bible, Annise D. Parker was sworn in as Mayor of Houston in a private ceremony held at Houston City Hall today.  State District Judge Steven Kirkland administered the oath to Mayor Parker.  City Controller Ronald C. Green also took the oath of office.  Green’s wife, Harris County Justice of the Peace Hilary Green, had the honor of administering the oath to her husband.  A small gathering of family and friends was present.

 

The private ceremony was held to meet the legal requirements of the City Charter, which mandate the transfer of power occur on January 2.  The official public inauguration of Mayor Parker, City Controller Green and Houston City Council is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Wortham Theater Center.

 

Mayor Parker chose the private Saturday morning ceremony followed by a formal public inaugural on Monday to avoid the overtime costs the city would have incurred from having to call in police and other city employees for a weekend inauguration.  She also did not want to interrupt the holiday weekend for city employees.  “At a time when the city is facing budget shortfalls, we will be continually looking for ways to cut expenses,” said Mayor Parker.

 

The inaugural celebration will end Monday evening with a free concert from 6 to 9 p.m. at Discovery Green.