picture taken by photographer Jenny Antill.
Congratulations to Mayor Annise Parker and City of Houston Controller Ronald Green.
Both were sworn in on Saturday, January 2, 2010 during a private ceremony at city hall.
With her partner Kathy Hubbard standing beside her, Parker was sworn in as Houston’s 61st Mayor and first openly gay person elected to lead the nation’s fourth largest city.
The event was historic for another reason: Parker was sworn in by her close friend and former campaign manager Steven Kirkland, who is the first openly gay person elected as a state district judge in Harris County.
Mayor Parker and City Controller sworn in
With her hand on her grandparents’ Bible, Annise D. Parker was sworn in as Mayor of Houston in a private ceremony held at Houston City Hall today. State District Judge Steven Kirkland administered the oath to Mayor Parker. City Controller Ronald C. Green also took the oath of office. Green’s wife, Harris County Justice of the Peace Hilary Green, had the honor of administering the oath to her husband. A small gathering of family and friends was present.
The private ceremony was held to meet the legal requirements of the City Charter, which mandate the transfer of power occur on January 2. The official public inauguration of Mayor Parker, City Controller Green and Houston City Council is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Wortham Theater Center.
Mayor Parker chose the private Saturday morning ceremony followed by a formal public inaugural on Monday to avoid the overtime costs the city would have incurred from having to call in police and other city employees for a weekend inauguration. She also did not want to interrupt the holiday weekend for city employees. “At a time when the city is facing budget shortfalls, we will be continually looking for ways to cut expenses,” said Mayor Parker.
The inaugural celebration will end Monday evening with a free concert from 6 to 9 p.m. at Discovery Green.