KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- On Saturday, Knoxville's new mayor takes office and makes history. They city's first African- American mayor will hand over the keys to the first woman elected as mayor Madeline Rogero.
Mayor Daniel Brown said he will walk away at the end of his term December 17th with a great sense of accomplishment.
"As many cities across the country had to lay off people, we did not have to do that and that's one of my greatest accomplishments," Mayor Brown said.
There are some things he would have hoped to do more of.
"I would have liked to employ more young people especially during the summer months," he said.
But Mayor Brown said it's been an honor to have worked as Knoxville's mayor this past year, and although it might have been a short term, he'll always be remembered for making history as Knoxville's first African American mayor. City officials presented him with a plaque in his honor Monday afternoon.
"There is no official plaque so we'll have something to remember and I'm very proud of that," he said.
Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero said Mayor Brown has done an excellent job in keeping the city moving forward and has continued to do a lot of good things former Mayor Haslam started.
This weekend Mayor- elect Rogero will continue to move the city forward. She will be sworn in as mayor Saturday.