Bing's Inauguration Speech
Text of today's speech at the Fox Theatre.
Good afternoon and thank you for that warm introduction. And thanks to everyone here this afternoon. And thank you to the citizens for the honor of being elected the 62nd mayor of the great City of Detroit.
Today marks the beginning of a new era for Detroit. For quite some time, many have talked about the need to bring change, and today that change is before us. This is more than the inauguration of a mayor or a city council or city clerk. It is a new day. And we stand ready to fundamentally change the substance and tone of civic leadership in our city.
We will no longer be defined by the failures, divisiveness and self-serving actions of the past. We are turning the page to a new time in Detroit, focused not just on the challenges we face, but the opportunities we have to rebuild and renew our city ... and the Spirit of Detroit
I look forward to working with our new City Council. Our new members, along with the steady returning hands of past council members, represent a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and promise for Detroit. I want you to know that my door is always open to you and that I value your ideas and experience. My administration is committed to continuing to build a relationship defined by cooperation, mutual respect and informed discussion on the issues that matter most to Detroiters.
As you are all well aware, we have a number of significant issues to address in the next four years. We can't hide from those challenges or look for quick fixes that compromise our future. And that's why from Day One, I've made the tough but necessary choices to put our city back on track.
• Implementing a tough new ethics policy and setting higher expectations for my administration.
• Making leadership changes to improve our public safety departments and to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.
• Addressing our budget crisis and the need to right-size city government with a data-driven and long-term big picture approach.
But this is just the beginning. Many more difficult decisions lie ahead. And at a time when we will be asking our citizens for sacrifice, it is incumbent on us to lead by example.
Change starts at the top. That's why my appointees were the first city employees to take the 10 percent salary cut through furlough days. This is an important contribution to help get our fiscal house in order.
City Council will also need to share in this sacrifice. We all work for the citizens of Detroit, and they deserve to know that we are spending every dollar to their greatest benefit.
And one of our most important challenges will be restoring trust in city government. Detroiters have been through a difficult time, and their confidence in government has been understandably shaken. But I believe we are on the path to regaining that trust with a transparent and open approach to governing. The public has a right to know what we're doing and why we're doing it.
We must also repair the image and perception of Detroit. By changing the way we do our business, by improving our tone and by sharing in the progress I know we will make, we will be better positioned to attract the investment and jobs we need.
I come from a team background and understand that I cannot do this job alone.
The Mayor's Office, City Council, businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community leaders, neighborhood block clubs and residents -- we need your collective knowledge, resources and passion for Detroit to be part of the solution.
I wouldn't be here without the support of many of the people here today, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them, especially my family. And I want to call upon all those who have yet to join us in this new era of cooperation. Change is never easy. But no matter our differences, we must always remember we're working toward the same goal of building a better future for Detroit and Detroiters.
By coming together and working together we can make Detroit the city we all want it to be.