A River Valley mayor is making history.
George McGill was introduced to the City of Fort Smith Friday morning, January 4.
He is the first black mayoral candidate to win in Fort Smith, and was formally sworn in at a public ceremony.
The inauguration took place on the third floor of a packed courtroom of the Parker Federal Building.
McGill choked up recalling the moment he got the keys to his office, saying he wants everyone in Fort Smith to be able to open any door and tap into all resources available.
“It means it’s time to go to work and do all we can to make this a place as attractive for industry. We must grow, and we must make it an attractive place for families, so that’s going to be our responsibility and I’ll be the best ambassador, the best spokesperson this city has ever had,” McGill said.
McGill’s great-grandfather fought in the Civil War, moved to Fort Smith decades ago and have lived there ever since.
He says he hopes to be efficient and transparent in office.
McGill replaces Sandy Sanders who stepped down as mayor after serving since 2010.