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Mayor Law's Inaugural Comments January 7, 2008

I want to begin by thanking all of the dedicated supporters and citizens of Renton who provided me with the opportunity to serve as your mayor. This is truly an honor. I feel especially honored to have been sworn in today by my good friend Rob McKenna. Thank you, Rob. I also want to thank my wife Patty and my daughters Debbie and Lisa. They have had to endure a long year of campaigning, and I really appreciate that.

We also have a special guest that I want to introduce tonight. I'd like former Mayor Don Custer to stand and be recognized. Don was our Mayor back in the 60s. I called him this weekend and said it was really important that he attend this meeting.

It's also a great honor to have Judge Lewis here with us. He's been a real friend of this community for a lot of years. Roger, it is really nice to have you. And I also would like to recognize our former Mayor Tanner's wife Janice. Janice, could you stand up and be recognized?

A lot of changes have taken place in Renton since Don served as our mayor back in the 60s and when Roger was in our municipal court. Our population has grown to 60,000 people, and it’s going to jump to nearly 80,000 by March 1 of this year when we welcome the new residents from the Cascade/Benson neighborhoods. Many residents of our town probably gave up on any hope that we would ever see the return of any real shopping opportunities in our community, and they’re excited to watch all of the construction activity that's taking place at The Landing.  And who would have ever guessed that Renton would become the home of the Seattle Seahawks? Some of you saw the commercial of Renton during the playoff games this weekend. This city has been the product of a lot of jokes by TV personalities from years past, and it's now a community where world-class businesses and families want to locate. So we have a lot to be proud of.

As I frequently stated during my campaign, Renton is beginning to enjoy the results of the years of vision and hard work of many community leaders and our dedicated employees, and it's a testament to the real dedication that these people have had for this community for a long time. It's important that I recognize two individuals who really spent a lot of their life trying to serve this community: Mayor Kathy Keolker devoted 24 years of public service to this city, and the tremendous contributions that Councilwoman Toni Nelson gave to the Renton community is unbelievable. I think Toni's here, if she will stand and be recognized.

The city is very fortunate to have a very dedicated City Council that truly spends many hours on making sure that this city is moving in the right direction. And we're fortunate to have a committed city staff, many in the room here that work hard throughout the year to provide our citizens with quality service. So please give our employees a hand.

I have to say that it's really exciting to have Councilman King Parker back on the bench. And I'm especially excited and personally proud to have Greg Taylor here on the Council with us. I met Greg a number of years ago, and I feel very excited about the fact that I talked to him about considering serving on the Council, and this is at a time when he was fairly active already in our community. I knew he would be a wonderful asset to this group. And Greg has continued with his commitment to his family and to this community and leadership roles, and we're just excited to have him as part of our City Council.

I'm excited about this opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to working really closely with the City Council and all of our partners in this community that have really made us the successful community Rob was mentioning earlier, and we are going to continue to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Thank you very much for coming tonight.