Biloxi’s new mayor already on the job

His inauguration is not until Wednesday afternoon, but Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wanted to begin the workweek early, so this morning he became Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich.

Clare Sekul Hornsby, a longtime Biloxi attorney and the mayor-elect’s 93-year-old aunt, administered the oath of office to Mayor Gilich this morning shortly after 8, as family, friends and other city leaders looked on in a brief ceremony just off the lobby of the Biloxi Visitors Center.

The oath allows the new mayor to sign any necessary city documents and participate as mayor in the City Council meetings on Tuesday. The move also means that Biloxi is now under one mayor instead of two acting mayors.

“I thought it was important to hit the ground running,” said Mayor Gilich, who was elected six days ago to succeed A.J. Holloway. “We had a meeting with hospital leaders at 9 a.m., and key city department heads held their annual pre-hurricane season meeting at City Hall. So, yes, we did hit the ground running.

“We also want to see a good turnout Wednesday for the inauguration at the Biloxi Civic Center, when I plan to lay out a vision for moving Biloxi forward.”

The inauguration ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the civic center.
See photos from this morning’s gathering