December 6, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was formally inaugurated as Mayor of the City of Baltimore for her first full term, following her completion of the prior term after appointment from the position of Council President. From the Baltimore Sun coverage (limited free access):
Rawlings-Blake, who was elevated to the mayor’s office in February 2010 after the resignation of Sheila Dixon as part of a plea agreement to settle criminal charges, was sworn in for her first full term. She said she aims to attract 10,000 new families —- or about 22,000 residents — to the city in the next decade.
“A shrinking city simply cannot stand, but a growing city is the center of a creative and stronger society,” Rawlings-Blake said. “This work is the urgent work before us. It begins in earnest today — right now.”