KANSAS CITY- Quinton Lucas was officially sworn-in as the 55th mayor of Kansas City on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
New council members also took their positions for the first time, including 1st District Kevin O’Neill, 3rd District Brandon Ellington and Melissa Robinson, 4th District Eric Bunch, 5th District Ryana Parks-Shaw, 6th District Andrea Bough, and newly-appointed Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin McManus.
Outgoing Mayor Sly James presented Lucas with cuff links and a flask to “wear his feelings for KC on his sleeve and for the hard days at the office.”
He offered his help and advice to Lucas only when he needs it.
“Whenever you need me, call me, and I’ll answer,” said James.
Sharice Davids, U.S. Representative for Kansas’ 3rd congressional district, spoke at the ceremony, notating Lucas’ time in law school, his hard work, and dedication.
“I know you are going to serve this city with all of your heart and we are all going to benefit from it,” said Davids.
She said she is looking forward to working alongside Lucas, a fellow Cornell Law School graduate, to create progress and move forward.
“Our ability to work together as a region is going to be the thing that leads to a thriving community,” said Sharice Davids
Lucas said he is going to begin work on a lot of projects around Kansas City, including transportation and infrastructure.
“We are going to work to have free public bus transportation in Kansas City,” said Mayor Lucas. “We must be consistent to our promise to taxpayers to address infrastructure needs.”
He also addressed the problem of the high crime rate and his desire to make a lasting impact on homicide numbers.
“For every year of my life, Kansas City has been on the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States,” said Mayor Lucas. “I don’t want to get to old age accepting that as a fact of life. Public safety is expensive, but the value of human life is much greater.”
In closing statements, he said he wants to ensure the progress of all Kansas Citians during the next four years.
“Our work is to make sure no one is left behind and we leave this city safer, healthier, and stronger than we find it today,” said Mayor Lucas. “I welcome your prayers and hard work ahead.”