David Crowley sworn in as new Milwaukee County Executive

Posted at 12:50 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 13:53:01-04

MILWAUKEE — Outside of his Milwaukee home, and with social distancing measures in place, David Crowley was sworn in the new Milwaukee County Executive.

Neighbors watched from the street and online to see history being made. Crowley is the first African American elected to the position.

“Milwaukee County was founded in 1835 and I am the first African American elected to lead it," said Crowley. "Not just the symbolism, but the responsibility with being the first, is something I am very keenly aware of."

Crowley’s victory came by tight margins after he defeated Chris Larson last month for the position.

“You braved confusion, long lines and a global pandemic to make sure your voices was heard,” said Crowley.

The responsibility comes with many challenges. Crowley talked about racial inequality amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and made a commitment to improve conditions.

“I am humbled by the opportunity but committed to the challenge,” said Crowley.

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