Message from the Mayor

Mayor McLean shakes hands with a judge as her family looks on
Mayor McLean after being sworn in by Judge Dan Steckel

On Tuesday night, I received one of the greatest honors of my life when I was sworn in as Boise’s Mayor. I will strive continually to be worthy of that honor, am deeply humbled by the task ahead, and want to thank you all for this chance.

I want to thank Mayor Bieter for the 16 years of service and the gracious words that he left us on Tuesday night. I deeply share his sentiment that public service is an honor, and that elected officials must treat the opportunity with deep gratitude.

I’d also like to thank and acknowledge former Mayor Carolyn Terteling Payne. We did indeed make history on Tuesday with my swearing in as the first elected female Mayor.  But Carolyn made history 18 years ago when she stepped in as the first woman mayor at a time when our community needed her presence of mind, strength of character and grace. She didn’t run for office and so - 18 years later - I made history, following the trail she blazed.

Tuesday was indeed historic - a new council, a new mayor, all charged with serving our growing city that has so many new challenges. It’s an incredible honor and my hope and challenge is that we seek ways to ensure that our children - all of them - understand that diversity in leadership and opinion; different ways of tackling challenges; having women in positions like this are all both normal and exceptional; and necessary for the best decisions to be made in corporate and public offices around the country.

Mayor Lauren McLean smiles for photo with former Mayor Carolyn Terteling Payne
Mayor Lauren McLean (left) and former Mayor Carolyn Terteling Payne (right)

Our city’s history tells us that we are at our best when working together; that nobody is from here (except for the original Boise Valley people) yet we all have a place and roll; that experimentation, innovation, and hard work will create a resilient community that lasts; that the solutions to today’s challenges, and a path forward where we will thrive will be found in our citizens, in our neighborhoods, in our city council, in conversations between residents in coffee shops, on foothills trails, or in school yards, boardrooms and lunchrooms - and everywhere in between.

This is a critical moment in our city’s history. We’ll continue to grow. We’ll continue to find challenges in that growth, to bemoan the changes, as we seek to protect the essence of this place that we all love.

It requires us all to roll up our sleeves, challenge ourselves, think creatively, take risks, admit mistakes, to welcome all comers and ideas. To demonstrate a willingness to work hard together in common cause to tackle challenges and chart a path forward. To create a community and society for all of us.

And we’ll do that by opening the doors of city hall, creating ways to connect directly to share a vision for the future while having frank conversations about our present challenges. Where we’ll have lively community discussions and not always agree - and through that our solutions will be better, our community more connected, and the people involved more reflective of the diversity that surrounds us.

And we will show, that in the 21st century, in a place called Boise Idaho, it’s possible to create a city for everyone.

Signature: Lauren McLean

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