Family, friends of new councilman take part in event
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2011 07:00:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s newest councilman took his seat on the dais Monday in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Robert Jenkins, a 31-year-old political newcomer sent by voters to the office in a mail-in ballot election on July 12, was sworn in at the beginning of a City Council meeting that Mayor Pat Morris characterized as as both celebratory and auspicious.

“I am humbled and honored to be here to represent my neighbors within the San Bernardino 2nd Ward,” Jenkins said.

Alan L. Butler, Jenkins’ father and a deacon at Mount Whitney Baptist Church in Lone Pine, led the invocation, after the national anthem was sung by Jenkins’ friend Nancy Reyes.

Kristen Stringer, Jenkins’ neighbor, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Morris administered the oath of office, as Jenkins placed his left hand on a Bible held by his mother, Linda M. Butler.

After Jenkins took the oath, he quoted from Philippians 2:3-5 in the New King James Version of the Bible:

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Jenkins then went on to outline his priorities for the 2nd Ward and the city, including strong public safety, bringing in jobs and businesses, as well as getting the street lights repaired and potholes fixed.

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