BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Hundreds of people crowded around the steps of Birmingham City Hall to see William Bell sworn in as the 33rd mayor of Birmingham.
Bell's wife Sharon held the Bible while former U.S. Judge U.W. Clemon administered the oath of office. Afterwards, Bell addressed the crowd, saying he would not let the city of Birmingham down.
"I will continue to champion the public safety and neighborhood stability and revitalization. I will be relentless in the quest for the finest education for all our children," Bell said. "I pledge I will not squander our opportunity for great growth and economic expansion as the national and state economy improves. I will also use the mayor's to bring growth to Birmingham."
Also in the audience Tuesday, was Bell's mentor and former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington. He sat alongside Bernard Kincaid, who beat Bell in the 1999 mayor's race. He offered him some advice. "Heavy is the head that wears the crown. I tell him to follow your heart and do what's right," says Arrington.