Bing to become mayor today

Suzette Hackney - May 11, 2009

Mayor-elect Dave Bing will be sworn in this afternoon as Detroit’s 62nd mayor at the city’s Department of Elections office.

Bing, 65, is expected to take the oath of office at about 3:30 p.m. in a private ceremony following the official election certification. Bing defeated Ken Cockrel Jr. in last week’s special mayoral election.

Family members, including Bing’s wife, Yvette, and his daughters and grandchildren are expected to be present at the low-key swearing in.

Bing is also expected today to announce additional members of his Crisis Turnaround Management Team — 31 individuals who will help him assess how the city is run during his first 100 days in office — and members of his cabinet. Bing has already vowed to keep Detroit Police Chief James Barren on the job.

The first special mayoral election in 79 years was triggered by the September resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick amid the text message scandal that landed the former mayor in jail. Cockrel, 43, who was City Council president, became mayor, under the city charter, after Kilpatrick's exit. 

Bing will serve the rest of Kilpatrick's term through Dec. 31. Cockrel returns to the City Council as its president.