UPDATE 10:00 p.m: MONROE, La — Oliver Friday Ellis is walking into a new chapter as he is now officially the Mayor of Monroe.
“I have high hopes that there will no longer be a North or South Monroe. Let’s no longer be a tale of two cities,” said Mayor Ellis.
One of his main goals as mayor is unity.
“Let’s create a beautiful story…shared between families, while breaking bread around the dinner table for decades to come about the one Monroe that we’ve created.”Mayor Friday Ellis
Ellis is hoping to create a Monroe that sees no bounds.
“Day one is going to start with what is it going to feel like to walk into city hall and how do you feel when you leave,” said Ellis.
After that, then it’s getting down to what he promised on the campaign trail, which he says people will be able to see progress on soon.
“Reducing crime and flooding, creating a better quality of life, and jump-starting our economic development,” he said.
Mayor Ellis says many may have doubts.
“It was always what is the small business owner know about running a large city, I say everything that we do is scalable,” he said.
However, Mayor Ellis is vowing TLC for the city he loves.
“It is my charge to care for this city just like I care for my family. We have a rich heritage, a rich history, and a deep spirit of entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Ellis.
“I’m excited to see this dream, this vision, come to reality.”Ashley Ellis, Wife of Friday Ellis
UPDATE: MONROE, La. — Monroe’s newest Mayor, Friday Ellis, was sworn in on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
The ceremony was held at the Jack Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center.
You can watch a full replay of the ceremony by click on this video above.
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