DETROIT (January 1, 2013) Detroit’s new mayor, Mike Duggan, was sworn into office on New Year's Day holiday, and he started work immediately.
Duggan held holding initial staff meetings Wednesday at City Hall after the morning ceremony.
The former chief of the Detroit Medical Center began his four-year term shortly after 11 a.m., but has limited powers in an insolvent city whose finances are controlled by a state-appointed emergency manager.
Still, Duggan has been busy on Detroit's behalf since voters elected him in November.
He attended a meeting of new mayors hosted by the White House and put together his own administration.
He also lobbied with emergency manager Kevyn Orr for a greater role in the city's immediate turnaround.
Former Detroit City Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel said Duggan's "been preparing to hit the ground running."