Photo Gallery | Camden Mayor-Elect; Councilmembers Take Oath of Office
On Monday, Tony Scully was sworn in as Camden’s new Mayor. “I am ready to begin to work toward the goal of creating a more prosperous city, one that will foster and maintain an inclusive tone,” said Scully in a brief speech during the swearing in ceremony. With his wife Joy by his side, Scully was administered the oath of office by Bishop Thomas C. Bell of the Cathedral of Praise Ministries in Camden. Many friends, family members and supporters also attended the ceremony.
In addition to the swearing in of Mayor-Elect Scully, returning Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford, who has been reelected to a third term; and Laurie M. Parks, elected to her first term, were also sworn in today. This will be the first time that two women have served on the Camden City Council simultanelously.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity by the people of Camden. This is a new and exciting day in our city's history, and I look forward to serving this very special city,” stated Parks. Parks was sworn in by Rev. Steve A. Patterson, Jr. of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. Her husband Westley, daughter Caroline Watts and son Connor Parks were at her side during the ceremony.
“I continue to be dedicated to this great city. I served with the strength of my convictions for two terms. I will continue to serve as I have in the past with a sense humility and openness,” said Drakeford. Drakeford was sworn in by Dennis Cannon, a local attorney, using her own Bible. She was accompanied by her husband Ernest and close friends, Ivory and Albert Bradford.