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Inauguration day for Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle

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Circuit Court Judge Mark Browning (on right) administers the oath of office Circuit Court Judge Mark Browning (on right) administers the oath of office
Peter Carlisle Peter Carlisle
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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu is celebrating its new mayor.

Inauguration night wrapped up Friday with this message from Peter Carlisle: We need to be a lean, clean, smart city.

Mayor Carlisle says his vision for Honolulu is to be lean on money, clean from corruption, and smart with technology.

With a hand shake, Mayor Carlisle completed his ceremonial oath of office, administered by Circuit Court Judge Mark Browning.

It was a full house at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, with a crowd of about 500. The inauguration was held there, because Honolulu ale is being used as an early polling place for the November elections.

At the top of Carlisle's inaugural address was his commitment to end political corruption.

One of the first things he wants to change is the way city government employees are treated, and promoted.

"There has been an unfortunate history in city government of employees being coerced in ways subtle and not so subtle, to provide monetary contributions and work for the campaign of the mayor," said Carlisle.

The mayor also says his top three priorities are money, money, and number three, money.

"I told that to somebody the other day and they asked, 'do you mean money coming in or money going out?' The answer is both," said Carlisle.

The former city prosecutor says the search is on for a new budget director, and he's forming an informal group of advisors from the private sector, to create a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

"I promise you that I will make every effort to spend your tax dollars as carefully and prudently as I spend my own money," he said.

How that promise will play out in fixing the city's budget crisis remains to be seen as Honolulu's 13th mayor begins his two-year journey.

Mayor Carlisle also says getting the wheels in motion for rail is a top priority.

Carlisle won the September Special Election. He was sworn-in on October 11th.

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