New mayor, 7 new council member take office

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The new mayor of Chattanooga and seven new City Council members have been sworn into office.

The event at the city's Tivoli Theater on Monday was attended by hundreds of people to see Andy Berke take the oath of office.

Two members of the previous City Council were re-elected.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Berke's first acts included a tour of the 911 Center and meetings with acting department heads and senior staff members. Berke said people are energized and ready to take action.

Berke said he will soon announce a new leadership team for the city. Eighteen department heads or staff members of former Mayor Ron Littlefield resigned or retired.

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