Rawlings Sworn In As New Mayor Of Dallas

108806737 Rawlings Sworn In As New Mayor Of Dallas

Mike Rawlings attends a Super Bowl event on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Audi)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Dallas has a new mayor.

Former Pizza Hut CEO Mike Rawlings was sworn in Monday morning in a ceremony at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Rawlings defeated former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle in a runoff election on June 18.

After taking the oath of office Rawlings said he’s, “always found great success in building the right team for each challenge and making sure they are invested in success.”

The Dallas mayoral election was low-key, civil and focused on the issues. And that is what voters can expect once Rawlings takes office. Rawlings has said that his priorities for the city will center around growth, opportunity and forging relationships intended to improve the often-divided Dallas City Council and the troubled public school system. Rawlings also wants to stimulate growth in south Dallas and work on completing some of the city’s larger on-going initiatives — like the Trinity River Project.

Rawlings plans to spend the month of July — when the Dallas City Council is on a month-long break — to study and prepare to get to work when the council members return.

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway became interim mayor in February when Tom Leppert stepped down to run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not seeking another term in 2012.

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One Comment

  1. Rick McDaniel says:

    Anyone who supports the Trinity River Project, is squandering the taxpayers money, as well as that ridiculous park over Woodall Rodgers!

    Just think about it………a park, over a busy freeway, with thousands of cars generating exhaust fumes to rise into that park. Too hot, too unhealthy, and too ridiculous to be of any benefit, whatsoever………..millions of dollars wasted…….pretending to make the city better…………not to mention how bad it is going to be, to be trapped in all that pollution, underneath, in a traffic jam, for an hour.

    Some people, are just idiots, frankly.

  2. Blech says:

    Mike Rawlings was never “CEO” of Pizza Hut. He was President and he reported to a CEO.

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