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John Daley ReportingA "fresh start." That's what Salt Lake County's new Mayor, Democrat Peter Corroon, promised today as he was sworn in.
There are a number of new faces among the leaders of Salt Lake County, including the man at the top, Peter Corroon, who this morning officially replaced Mayor Nancy Workman. Today's ceremony was one filled with reflection about the turmoil in county government, which led to the election of a new mayor, a new auditor and to Democrats picking up a seat on the County Council. The outgoing acting Mayor quoted a Johnny Cash song called "Five Feet High and Rising."
Alan Dayton, (R) Former Acting Salt Lake County Mayor: "This song is over and so are the past four years. But if you thought it was a sad song, you're completely wrong. It's about the good things that always come from being tested. Because every time the flood waters recede there's a big rich load of back bottom dirt for us to plant new crops and reap new rewards."
The new mayor pledged to restore trust in county government.
Peter Corroon, (D) Salt Lake County Mayor: "Nothing good happens overnight. Some things will take longer than others. Some may even take years, but we will proceed with determination to bring our fresh start to the people of Salt Lake County. We will begin by concentrating on the basics. First, we must restore people's confidence in Salt Lake County government."
One highlight today was some stirring music from a singer with the Calvary Baptist Church. Also on hand was former Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean, a cousin of Peter Corroon. He says Corroon is the right guy for the job.