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PUEBLO – For the first time in several generations, Pueblo now officially has a mayor.
Nick Gradisar was sworn in as mayor Friday afternoon in front of hundreds at Pueblo Memorial Hall.
Pueblo voters elected Gradisar from a field of 16 candidates and a runoff with former city council president Steve Nawrocki.
In his speech, Gradisar said his top priority is to increase economic activity in Pueblo. He also mentioned working with Pueblo District 60 Schools, repairing streets and doing more research into municipal electricity.
Gradisar told News5 after he was elected that he wants to build relationships in the city government, reach out to citizens and be an advocate for Pueblo at the state capitol and in Washington D.C.
In 2017, Pueblo voters passed a charter amendment to restructure city government so that an elected mayor is the chief executive rather than an appointed city manager.
The change will establish a cabinet that includes a newly-created deputy-mayor position and the department heads for the City of Pueblo.