New leadership takes over in La Crosse
La Crosse officially has a new mayor.
Two weeks after a resounding victory over Doug Farmer, Tim Kabat was sworn into office Tuesday.
The former executive director of Downtown Mainstreet Inc. was joined by his wife and two kids for the swearing-in ceremony at city hall.
Kabat says he will soon unveil a plan for his first 100 days, including several initiatives aimed at neighborhood revitalization. The new mayor says he's excited about taking on the challenges ahead.
"There's some butterflies," said Kabat. "But it's also exciting to think that we have the next four years to really work...to make La Crosse better than it is right now."
Dick Swantz was elected as the new council president Tuesday as well, edging out past president Audrey Kader by a vote of 12 - 5.
"I really want to work closely with (Tim Kabat) and make him one of the most successful mayors we've ever had," said Swantz.
"That means the council has to be comfortable working with him as well and one of my primary jobs will to be that link," he added.
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