Michael Brennan to be sworn in as Portland’s newest mayor

Posted Dec. 05, 2011, at 5:29 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 05, 2011, at 11:12 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s first popularly elected mayor in 88 years is being sworn in.

Michael Brennan is being inaugurated Monday at Portland City Hall. Brennan won the post in a 15-candidate race in November.

Brennan previously served as a state senator and representative, and most recently worked at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Brennan says he’s ready to start the job, whether it’s to create jobs, spur economic activity, help schools or make City Hall more responsive to residents.

In the past, Portland’s mayoral post rotated among City Council members. Voters this year narrowly approved changing the city’s charter to allow for a popularly elected mayor.