January 08, 2018 06:17 PM
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was publicly sworn into office Monday, after being privately sworn in last week.
In his high-energy inaugural address, Frey said the first challenge facing the city is expanding access to affordable housing by retaining housing that exists and building new housing throughout Minneapolis.
In inaugural address, Jacob Frey says 1st challenge is to expand access to affordable housing by retaining housing that exists/building new housing throughout city pic.twitter.com/1bqY7S3u0T— Josh Rosenthal (@JRosenthalKSTP) January 8, 2018
Members of the city council were also sworn in Monday. Frey expressed optimism for the group, calling them a "forward-thinking" city council.
Frey pledged to improve the relationship between community members of the city's police force, to address racial, economic and employment disparities and to engage in collaborative efforts with neighboring jurisdictions.
He asked the crowd to join him in singing Happy Birthday to new St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter.
Frey pledges to work with regional partners, sings happy birthday to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter pic.twitter.com/XY3ARXmiWD— Josh Rosenthal (@JRosenthalKSTP) January 8, 2018
"Today, we come together to collectively recognize that the time for talk alone is over and progress cannot be achieved without a clear action-oriented approach," Frey said. "In Minneapolis, we can achieve remarkable things when we are just as oriented and united."
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Frey has said his three big priorities for Minneapolis are providing affordable housing, bolstering community policing and accountability, and fostering economic inclusion.
Frey said the door to his office will now always be open to the city's council, staff and department heads.
He said he also plans to continue listening sessions, like the one last week during which police-community relations were discussed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: January 08, 2018 06:17 PM
Created: January 08, 2018 05:36 AM
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