For the first time in 30 years, Troy has a new mayor. Jason Reeves, a former city councilman, took the oath of office in front of a packed crowd at City Hall Monday morning.
Reeves ran unopposed for the office after longtime mayor Jimmy Lunsford announced he would not seek re-election. Lunsford had served in public office since 1982.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Reeves said he expects a smooth transition. Still, he says, it was an emotional day. "It was a little surreal, you know, when you wait on something for awhile, when it finally gets here, it was really special to see everyone, and the looks on people's faces. I think there's a great deal of hope for the future of this community, and I'm excited about that," he said.
Three new city council members also took their seats Monday. Dejerilyn King Henderson, Marcus Paramore, and Greg Meeks are all beginning their first terms in office.