Emotional Skip Henderson Sworn In
"Mr. January" Takes The Helm As Columbus Mayor
An emotional Skip Henderson shared tears of joy as he was officially sworn into office this morning in front of a standing room only crowd.
Dozens of well wishers, including five former Mayors crammed shoulder to shoulder inside Council Chambers to see Skip Henderson take his oath of office.
“Um, we don’t know if the Fire Marshal is here,” Councilor Judy Thomas quipped.
“Frankly it reminds me that the bar is set pretty high and we’re gonna have to strap on our work boots and get going and we intend to,” Mayor Henderson said.
In his first television interview as Mayor, Henderson vowed to work hard to win the support of the forty percent of voters who didn’t pick him and that he would spend the coming months smoothing over a rocky relationship with public safety.
“The biggest thing that I intend to do that may be a little bit different is have constant communication with those folks and letting them know that we’re on board for trying to make sure that they’re safe number 1 and number 2 that they can do the job of keeping the City safe,” Henderson said.
Showing off his sense of humor, Henderson warned the crowd he could also dissolve into an emotional train wreck at times.
“You guys will probably discover in the next few seconds that I come from a long line of men who cry,” he said.
Staying true to form, Henderson struggled to hold back tears when talking about his family especially those who might be watching from above.
“If , uh my mother is looking down saying that uh, she just wonders what took me so long,” Henderson said holding back tears.
A long and winding road where Skip Henderson once known as “Mr. January” went from a high school heart throb to Mayor of Columbus.
Reporter: One more thing. Mr. January? Wait, what?
“I, uh, this is going to be my first official no comment,” Henderson said.
In between those tears and laughter, Mayor Henderson proving he’s still all business as evident with his pick for Chief of Staff, former Uptown Director Richard Bishop.