By Andrew Kramer

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — New Camden Mayor Francisco “Frank” Moran officially took the oath of office on New Year’s Day.

And Thursday night, he was sworn-in in front of his family, new colleagues and the community, who hung on to his every word.

“I feel honored that Camden residents gave me their support and their vote to serve as the mayor of this city,” Moran said, “and I’m so looking forward to continuing the progress that we see in the city.”

Camden residents packed the Antioch Baptist Church on Ferry Avenue for this lively ceremony which featured music and dance numbers.

Moran feels the large turnout is a good sign.

“It just tells me these individuals are as compassionate and committed to Camden as I am,” he says, “and I think we’re going to have a wonderful four years as we continue to keep the moving city forward.”

Moran was born and raised in Camden. He feels that benefits him greatly in his new gig.

“Oh I just know what the people need,” Moran says. “I know what the people feel and I’ve been there done that, so that’s why we’re going to do wonderful things in the city.”

He wanted to assure every resident in attendance, and those who weren’t, this one thing: “We’ll turn this city around!”

New city council members were sworn in as well. They, along with Moran, had nothing but praise for former Camden Mayor Dana Redd.  She had served since 2010 and was in attendance as well.