Monday night, mayor-elect Yolanda Ford was sworn in as the city of Missouri City’s first African American and first female mayor before a packed council chamber and overflow crowd that extended outside council chambers to the lobby of city hall.
A native of Missouri City and a graduate of the Fort Bend Independent School District, Ford unseated incumbent mayor Allen Owen in the Dec. 1 run-off election to make history on two fronts.
As part of her first official duties, Ford swore in council member Chris Preston who also won his run-off election for the council member at large, District 2 seat. Preston was also sworn in as Mayor pro tem.
Ford thanked the voters and community that supported her election run and was congratulated by Texas State Representative Jarvis Johnson and Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, among others, for her historic win.
Ford also presented a plaque to Owen in appreciation for his 24 years of of public service as mayor in Missouri City as she assumed her new post.
She also announced an upcoming inauguration celebration to commemorate her historic election and to greet residents and members of the community.
The swearing-in ceremony was live-streamed on the City’s website.