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New mayor ready to roll first full day on the job

John Tecklenburg says he is ready to begin a new era as mayor of Charleston. (Photo Source: Live 5) John Tecklenburg says he is ready to begin a new era as mayor of Charleston. (Photo Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

With the inaugural celebrations now over, Charleston's new mayor says he's ready to get down to business.

Now that he's been sworn into office, new Mayor John Tecklenburg is trying to get used to his new office at City Hall.

"Yesterday we were kidding this is probably the only time the desk will be clear. So now, I've already got it cluttered up with some work," Tecklenburg said Tuesday afternoon.

Tecklenburg says he came in Tuesday morning already knowing how he would start his day.

"The first thing today was to immerse myself in preparation for tonight's city council meeting which will be my first full council meeting," he said. "I think it will certainly give you the sense that this transition has occurred to a new mayor because I will be running the first official meeting tonight."

Tecklenburg says he also had a meeting about a project he says needs to be a priority: finishing I-526.

"And what we must do to help encourage some public support and participation in helping move that project along," he said.

For the mayor, it will be a full plate for the next four years. Tecklenburg says it all starts now.

"This is the beginning," he says. "It's really exciting for me. I'm just really thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our citizens in our city."

Tecklenburg says while he anticipates some staff changes at City Hall, all department heads will keep their jobs.

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