Mayor Tecklenburg presides over first city council meeting, council members encouraged

Mayor Tecklenburg presides over first city council meeting, council members encouraged

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Tuesday evening, for the first time in 40 years, Charleston saw a different mayor lead its city council meeting. 
Tuesday marked Mayor John Tecklenburg's first full day as mayor of the Holy City.

Although excited for the new leadership, several council members said it will take some getting used to.

"It feels kind of different, as serving 20 something years," said district 3 council member James Lewis, who has served on council for 20 years.

"I had to catch myself every once in a while from saying, 'thank you Mayor Riley', or 'Mayor Joe,'" said district 10 council member Dean Riegel.

Even Mayor Tecklenburg said it's something he's not used to.

"Every city council meeting I've ever been to, Mayor Riley was conducting the meeting," said Mayor Tecklenburg. "So, it certainly is a change."

It's a change, Mayor Tecklenburg said, that will continue to lead Charleston in the right direction.

"We will be an example to our state and nation of a community that figures things out and gets along," said Mayor Tecklenburg.

Mayor Tecklenburg and council heard concerns about development on James Island.
They heard Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen discuss plans for tackling domestic violence issues in the city of Charleston.

At the end, several council members agreed, the meeting was a good indication the new leadership is strong.

"It's been a joy to work with Mayor Tecklenburg so far," said council member Dean Riegel. "He listens. He pays attention. He's very compassionate."

It was also district 9 council member Peter Shahid's first city council meeting on the job.

"I give Mayor Tecklenburg a lot of credit," said council member Shahid. "I think he's ready for the job."

Longtime council member James Lewis also felt encouraged.

"I think he's going to be a pretty good mayor to work with," said council member Lewis.

In the end, many said they're happy to see Mayor Tecklenburg's name etched in the stone at the back of council chambers and Mayor Tecklenburg himself at the front of chambers, leading the city.

"I think we've got a great future ahead of us in Charleston," said council member Riegel.

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