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Portland's new mayor sworn in at City Hall

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The new mayor of Portland was publicly sworn in Wednesday morning.

Mayor Charlie Hales highlighted three challenges that will be a focus of his administration during the ceremony at City Hall.

The first is how the city spends taxpayer money. Hales said he'll be drawing on the work he did in the private sector over the last 10 years to look at controlling costs, reducing overhead and working to make the city more efficient.

The second item he noted is keeping everyone safe and trusting the Portland Police Bureau.

He said it's time for a renewed commitment to community policing and he plans to assign more officers to neighborhoods to try and build trust between officers and the people they serve.

His third goal, Hales said, is a commitment to the children.

"A city with more family wage jobs, great schools, justice and hope for us all and with excellent quality of life in every Portland neighborhood," Hales said.

He takes over for Sam Adams, who did not seek a second term in office. Hales defeated Jefferson Smith in November's election.

Hales was officially sworn in just after midnight on New Year's in his home. Wednesday's event was a ceremonial swearing-in for the new mayor.

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