PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney and all the members of city council will take the oath of office, Monday morning. The inauguration is in the Academy of Music, but it’s, technically, a session of city council.
The ceremony is rich in tradition, according to Jane Roh, spokesperson for city council president Darrell Clarke.
“It’s been the first Monday in January following an election for at least a hundred years,’ Roh said.
But Roh says there will be some new elements. Clarke and Kenney both plan to announce a renewed emphasis on the city’s public school system and, accordingly, students will be part of the proceedings.
“We’re going to have a performance by the Girard Academic Music Program choir– this is an award-winning choir so that will be a special treat and also the string quarter of CAPA, the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.”
Governor Wolf and Senator Bob Casey will attend, along with all living former mayors. When it’s over, the newly-sworn officials will walk to City Hall, where Kenney plans to kick off his term by signing a series of executive orders.
KYW Newsradio will have live coverage of the new mayor’s inaugural address, expected during the 10 o’clock hour live from the Academy of Music.