By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Jason Shelton is officially Tupelo’s mayor.
Standing in his new office in City Hall this morning among a small group of family and friends, Shelton held up his right hand and completed the swearing-in required to take office.
Shelton, 37, an attorney and the first Democrat to take office in 28 years, was sworn into office this morning ahead of the official ceremony at 5:30 today at Lawhon Elementary School. A reception will follow at the Elvis Presley birthplace.
With his meetings beginning at 9:30 this morning, Shelton said he wanted to make sure he was officially serving before he started acting on behalf of the city.
“I did it just out of an abundance of caution,” Shelton said afterward.
Incoming City Council members will be sworn in at 3:30 in the council chambers before the 4 p.m. agenda review meeting.
At the swearing-in this morning, Shelton used the Bible that belonged to former Mayor J.P. “Phil” Nanney. At this afternoon’s swearing-in, he’ll use a family Bible that belongs to his grandparents, Farris and Eunice Shackelford.