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Flint swears in first female mayor

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Shortly after noon on Monday, Nov. 9 the city of Flint swore in its first ever female mayor.

Karen Weaver took the historic oath in front of supporters in the council chambers of Flint City Hall.

But just as she begins her new appointment, controversy is already brewing. Even as mayor, Weaver will have no authority to appoint department heads to help her run the city. That’s because City Administrator Natasha Henderson says she is not going to hand over the duties.

Late last week Henderson told Michigan Radio news that Weaver won’t be able to hire anyone without her OK.

It’s an authority Henderson says she was granted by a State Emergency Manager following the city’s financial crisis.

Mayor Weaver told TV5 exclusively on Sunday that she isn’t ready to discuss what she will do about that, but plans to have some meetings with Henderson.

Weaver beat out incumbent Dayne Walling for the position during an election last week.

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