FERGUSON, Mo. – Ferguson, Missouri has a new mayor for the first time in nearly a decade.
Ella Jones, 65, is the first Black woman to hold the city’s highest office. She defeated city council colleague Heather Robinette in a June 2 election to win the three-year term.
Previous mayor James Knowles III was prohibited from seeking a fourth term.
Jones was sworn in Wednesday outside the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Jones has plans to host a town-hall meeting within her first 100 days in office, concentrating on understanding the citizens of Ferguson and get their input on what they want to see moving forward.
Jones has a degree in chemistry, served as a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and she has been a resident of Ferguson for 40 years.