The public inauguration for City of Milwaukee elected officials was held on April 19, 2016 at City Hall. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council members, and other elected city officials were sworn in for the new term, which lasts until 2020. A charter meeting was held just before the ceremonies to select a Common Council President, and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton was elected by unanimous vote.
The event was filled with optimism and hope, and much symbolism. This Photo Essay documented moments from the day, when our elected officials gathered with their families and members of the community to begin the four year process of building the city’s future.