Newly installed Judge Hanif Johnson led swearing in ceremonies Tuesday for Mayor Eric Papenfuse, City Treasurer Dan Miller and members of the Harrisburg City Council  during inauguration ceremonies held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in the MLK Government Center.

Mayor Papenfuse was re-elected to a second, four-year term in November.  During the inauguration ceremonies he recommitted to another four years of service with vision of making Harrisburg a more prosperous community. He took the oath of office on an historic Bible dating back to the Protestant Reformation.

“As Mayor of this historic and majestic city, I vow to do all in my power to fuel the renaissance that has enveloped our community, and to make our citizens proud to call Harrisburg their home,” Mayor Papenfuse pledged.

He expressed appreciation to the citizens of Harrisburg for their support of his administration and for the hard work they put into saving the city from financial catastrophe.  

“We have achieved a lot working together these past four years,” the Mayor said. “But much work still lies ahead.  As we look to the future, let us embrace the optimism and hope that is so palpable on our streets today.” 

Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rick Kearns, the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate, offered a special tribute for the 2018 Inauguration.

Members of the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra  provided musical entertainment, and students from throughout Harrisburg were inaugurated into a new Harrisburg City Council Youth Commission. 

Mayor Papenfuse, Council President Wanda Williams with members of City Council Youth Commission and Harrisburg School officials.

The Harristown Development Corp. provided refreshments for the historic occasion.

The Rev. James Jackson, Pastor of Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, offered the invocation and the Rev. Mack Granderson, Pastor of the Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided the benediction.

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