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Mike Johnston sworn in as Denver's 46th mayor

The city’s inauguration events will not only welcome a new mayor, but all newly-elected city leaders including members of Denver’s city council.
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Posted at 8:28 AM, Jul 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-17 14:11:31-04

DENVER — Mike Johnston was sworn in as Denver's 46th and first new mayor in 12 years Monday morning, succeeding outgoing mayor, Michael Hancock.

The city’s inauguration events not only welcomed a new mayor, but all newly-elected city leaders including members of Denver’s city council.

Here’s what to expect for Monday’s municipal inauguration event.

Doors open at 9 a.m. at Ellie Caulkins Opera House with the inauguration swearing-in ceremony expected to start at 10 a.m.

The event is open to the public and free tickets are available but advanced registration is required.

You can watch the entire ceremony in the video player below.

Full Denver inauguration: New mayor, city council members take oath

People attending in person are urged to arrive early as there will be security measures in place including bag screenings and metal detectors in place.

Mayor-elect Mike Johnston is expected to be sworn in at 10:44 a.m.

“We are so excited to celebrate the next chapter of our great city. Denver is vibrant and the inauguration of Mayor-elect Mike Johnston is going to be just as vibrant,” said State Rep. Leslie Herod, chair of Johnston’s inauguration committee.

Along with a new mayor, several new city council members will also be sworn into office.

“We do have six new councilmembers. They have spent this whole past weekend in what we call council academy, where they come in 8 to 5 everyday, get training on everything from rules of decorum to how the legislative process works in Denver,” said Amanda Sawyer, District 5 councilwoman. “I’m really looking forward to working with all of them, getting to know them a little bit better as people,”

What you need to know for Monday's Denver mayoral inauguration

After Monday morning’s official inauguration, the day’s events continue later in the afternoon. The Denver Vibes celebration festival at Union Station starts at 5 p.m.

The free event will feature tons of live music, food trucks and local vendors.

You can watch Monday’s inauguration events live on, the Denver7 mobile app or on Denver7’s free streaming app.

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