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New Bern mayor Dana Outlaw takes oath of office

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

The city of New Bern has a new mayor.

Dana Outlaw took the oath of office at city hall Tuesday night before a packed crowd. He replaces outgoing embattled mayor Lee Bettis, who served one term in office and chose not to re-run.
 
Bettis congratulated Outlaw on his win and handed him a gavel, welcoming him as the new mayor. Bettis called the transition from his leadership to Outlaw's a "bloodless revolution."

Outlaw served eight years as alderman before winning a runoff election last month against Sabrina Bengel.

"I'm just really excited for New Bern, the leadership that is here in this team. We've all talked. We all want the best of New Bern. We all love New Bern, but we might love it in different ways," said Outlaw.

All six alderman were also sworn in Tuesday night, including three new members and three returning ones.

The outgoing mayor, a full-time defense attorney, faces legal troubles of his own as he exits the public stage. A grand jury indicted Bettis earlier this year on two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, reckless driving, and DWI.

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