David Crowley sworn in as new Milwaukee County Executive

NOW: David Crowley sworn in as new Milwaukee County Executive

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- New Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley was sworn in to the position on Monday, May 4.

The swearing in ceremony took place in front of Crowley's home. Afterwards, he gave a brief speech.

Crowley beat out State Sen. Chris Larson by around 1,000 votes in April. He takes the place of Chris Abele who decided not to re-run.

Crowley is the first African-American elected to the position. On Monday, the new county executive talked about the future of the county, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of putting the county first.

"I'm excited to get to work and work with the leadership at the state from both parties to obtain the local control over the ability to solve our own problems," he said. "We are not going to stop there. We are going to open a new Office of Special Projects and Grants to find every possible dollar we can from governments, the private sector and foundations to help pay for the work that needs to be done."

Abele was at Crowley's swearing in ceremony. Crowley thanked Abele for his work over the past nine years.

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