GARY — In a jubilant ceremony featuring musical and dance performances, Eddie Melton was sworn in as Gary’s 22nd mayor to cheers and chants of his name at West Side Leadership Academy on Saturday. He provided a forward-looking message for a “greater Gary”.
“Today we stand on the precipice of change here in Gary,” Melton said in his inaugural address. Hundreds filled the high school’s auditorium to see the incoming mayor, surrounded by his wife and family, being sworn in by Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter. Additionally, members of the Gary Common Council, and other city officials — including the new police and fire chiefs — each took the oath of office.