Charles Jinright sworn in as interim mayor

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - City council president Charles Jinright is now the acting mayor of Montgomery after a swearing in ceremony Tuesday morning.

Jinright, who represents Montgomery's 9th council district, took the reigns from now U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright.

The council chamber at city hall was packed as folks witnessed the transfer of power. From a packed chamber to a packed agenda Mayor Jinright will hit the ground running.

He takes the oath of office on the heels of a sour sales revenue report but promises, "I'll be looking at revenues right off the bat that's bothering me...[I'll] look at them real close."

Before Jinright addresses the city's decreasing sales tax revenue, he must first address the upcoming election to see who person will replace him in the corner officer at city hall.

"Qualifying will start on next Tuesday," Jinright said, "and go through January 27th.

Candidates should get about six weeks to campaign before a special election on March 10th.

One name that won't be on the ballot for mayor is Jinright's. He says its not the right time and after his short stint as mayor he will return to his job on the council.

Until then, he will be busy at city hall, attempting to balance a big budget and prepare the city for its new era of leadership.