Foxx resigns, Patsy Kinsey sworn in as Charlotte mayor

Foxx resigns, Patsy Kinsey sworn in as Charlotte mayor

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 4:41 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- City Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey was sworn in as Charlotte Mayor Monday afternoon after she was appointed by Charlotte City Council. Kinsey will serve out the remainder of Anthony Foxx's term in office.

"To bring in someone in for five months who maybe doesn't have that background, hasn't been working with all the various issues. It would be a little bit unfair, said Kinsey.

(Click here to watch NBC Charlotte's final interview with Foxx as mayor of Charlotte)

Moments before Kinsey was sworn in, Foxx resigned for his new position as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx spoke for a while in front a packed council chamber.  He listed accomplishments and political challenges, but ended on a sentimental note.

"I just wanna say thank you to Charlotte. Thank you for what you've given me.  I tried to give some measure of it back. And I care deeply about the future of this place.  I leave it to you in good hands.

Before taking the oath, Kinsey had to resign as council member of District 1.  She plans to run for the council seat again this November after she finishes her brief term as Mayor.
 

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