Sharon Weston Broome was sworn in as the mayor-president of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish on Jan. 2, 2017. She is the first woman to be elected as the leader of the capital city of Louisiana. Since the campaign trail, her focus has been to unite the citizenry around the common goals of equality in education, economic development, justice, housing and other quality ways of life.
Immediately following her election, Mayor-President Broome convened a team of 300 diverse residents to be part of her transition team. Residents ranged from millennials to seniors, who represented various races, education levels and socioeconomic statuses. Among the issues covered were flood recovery, community-police relations, education, economic development, race relations and transportation. Using this feedback directly from the community, Broome’s administration immediately took action,
accomplishing much within the first 100 days in office.
Among these actions were: updating the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Use of
Force Policy to align with national best practices; continuing to maximize FEMA
Public Assistance funds for reimbursement from repairs and restructuring related
to the historic flood of August 2016; launched the Equity in Business
initiative, which aims to increase contract opportunities and entrepreneurial
activity in all neighborhoods; entered into an agreement with the Baton Rouge
Chamber of Commerce that now includes a focus on small businesses, and those
owned by minorities and women; held first joint meeting with East Baton Rouge
Parish School Board members and Metro Council; and launched an implementation
plan for a “Cradle to K” initiative.
The administration continues to focus on these issues and others that affect the community, and continuously act on feedback from community members.
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