First African-American female mayor Vi Lyles sworn in at historic ceremony


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — It was a historic night for new Mayor Vi Lyles, and also the new City Council sitting beside her, which is one of the youngest in recent memory.

Just after 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Charlotte’s first African-American woman to lead the city officially took office.

“Yes I am the first African-American woman as mayor, but I want to be known as the best mayor in Charlotte to create opportunities for all of us, for all of us,” Mayor Lyles said. 

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Mayor Vi Lyles ran on what she called a ‘7-point plan’ to make Charlotte more equitable for every neighborhood.

Her first point in that plan specifically mentioned building a culture of trust between the community, CMPD and city leaders.

“I want to be known as a mayor who restores faith between our neighborhood and city hall. I want to be known as a mayor who can find a restaurant on Beatties Ford Road.”

Mayor Lyles hopes to accomplish those changes with a brand new city council, which saw four new faces come aboard.

Before Mayor Lyles took her new seat, she was offered words of encouragement by outgoing Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

“It was an honor to serve with Vi Lyles when she was mayor pro tem and I can’t wait to see what she does as mayor,” Roberts said. 

There was some business to take care of for the new city council tonight. Julie Eislet was unanimously voted to take the position as mayor pro tem, a position previously held by Mayor Lyles.

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