Arlington doesn’t change mayors very often. So it’s not surprising that a full house turned out Tuesday night as new Mayor Jeff Williams took office, only the city’s third leader of the 21st century.
Williams, president of a civil engineering firm, gave an inaugural address, speaking at length about Arlington’s image, particularly at one recent business meeting in New York.
Williams recalled meeting with leaders of a global architecture firm in a New York skyscraper.
They praised Arlington: “There is not another city with a major amusement park, a major league baseball team, professional football, a premier special events center and a major university, all at the gateway of an international airport.”
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Those are reassuring words in Arlington, stung slightly Tuesday when new census figures dropped the city to No. 51 nationally, replaced at No. 50 by a recovering New Orleans.
The evening’s most telling moment came when Williams talked about collaboration.
Succeeding Mayor Robert Cluck, an obstetrician with a reputation for leading with delivery-room authority, Williams drew loud applause simply by saying, “I will be willing to change my mind.”