City administrator Edwin Lee was officially sworn in as San Francisco’s interim mayor on Tuesday afternoon.
Lee was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors to replace Gavin Newsom, who assumed his new post as the state’s lieutenant governor on Monday.
The 58-year-old will fill the remainder of Newsom’s term, which ends next January. An election in November will determine the next mayor and Lee said he has no plans to run for the position at that time.
He said one of his main goals is to end the “bad blood” between the Board of Supervisors and Mayor’s Office.
“To the extent that there might be feelings at the board level that communications should be better, I’ll work hard at that,” Lee said. “I want to make sure people are as much on the same page as possible.”
Also topping his agenda is dealing with San Francisco’s nearly $400 million budget deficit and selecting a new police chief.
Lee is the city’s first Asian American mayor and said his temporary job is “a tremendous, historic opportunity.”
Photo Credit: Gavin Newsom via Flickr