I’m not sure I ever realized this was a thing before, but apparently new Mayors are traditionally officially sworn in at midnight on inauguration morning. And sticking with tradition, Providence’s 38th Mayor, Jorge Elorza was officially sworn-in very early this morning (or late last night) at his home.
Press release from the City with details on the official swearing-in earlier today and the ceremonial swearing-in today at 2pm and other inaugural events today:
Jorge O. Elorza Sworn in as 38th Mayor of Providence
PROVIDENCE, RI – Jorge O. Elorza was sworn in at 12 a.m. today as Providence’s 38th Mayor. The private ceremony, which marked the official transition of power in the City of Providence, was held at Mayor Elorza’s home with family and friends. Probate Court Judge John E. Martinelli administered the oath of office.
Elorza, 38, a former Housing Court Judge and professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, is the son of Guatemalan immigrants who worked in factories and was raised in the city’s West End. He graduated from Classical High School before going on to the University of Rhode Island and Harvard Law School.
As a law professor at Roger Williams University, Mayor Elorza co-founded the Latino Policy Institute, a think-tank dedicated to research on Latino and minority communities in Rhode Island. While serving on Providence’s Housing Court, Mayor Elorza created a process to hold large banks accountable for abandoned properties in the city.
Mayor Elorza began his first morning as Mayor by joining with local faith leaders at an Interfaith Breakfast held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.
Mayor Elorza’s public inauguration will take place today at 2 p.m. on the steps of City Hall, in front of an anticipated crowd of several hundred residents and dignitaries. The ceremony is free and open to the public.