Kelly takes office as Chattanooga's mayor Monday with plan for first 100 days

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Mayor-elect Tim Kelly pauses during his victory speech as the crowd cheers at the Chattanooga Brewing Co. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Tim Kelly will take office as mayor of Chattanooga Monday, starting out with a plan to address COVID-19, economic disparities and education in his first 100 days.

Kelly was elected by 60% of those who voted in a runoff election last week, balloting that was held six days before the winner was to take office.

In the coming weeks, he plans to follow several dozen action steps to address COVID-19, education, roads and parking, homelessness and affordable housing, criminal justice, public safety and other issues.

The new mayor, along with the nine members of the Chattanooga City Council, will be sworn in Monday morning.

Kelly is yet to announce his transition team or members of his permanent senior staff but said he will keep some members of outgoing Mayor Andy Berke's administration in place to ensure continuity during the transition period.