News 12 at 6 o' clock / Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A new year is just around the corner, and with the new year will come a lot of changes in leadership for Augusta-Richmond County. On Friday, the new solicitor general took her oath of office, marking another historical first for the city.
A packed courtroom gathered as Kellie Kenner McIntyre took her oath of office, becoming the city's first black female to take on the role of solicitor general.
"It's good to be a part of it. I think it's the start for something wonderful for our generation, and I hope to be an example for many," she said.
Commissioner Alvin Mason was at the ceremony, saying, "It's a great time for Augusta-Richmond County."
State Court Judge Patricia Booker administered the oath of office, and she is no stranger to blazing a trail for women. She was one of the first women to practice law in the area, saying, "Young girls need role models, especially role models like Kellie Kenner McIntyre."
It's been a year full of historic firsts for Augusta. Just last week, Richard Roundtree became the city's first African-American sheriff.
"It's a step moving forward in Augusta; 2012 has been a very good year," Roundtree said.
Many leaders in the black community say with racial balance restored to the commission, along with so many "firsts" for diversity in the city, this is the chance for a new way of thinking in Augusta.
Commissioner Bill Lockett attended the swearing in ceremony, saying, "I think that some of the events that have happened over the last couple of weeks have really moved Augusta forward."
"It just shows that Augusta is ready to move forward in a diverse fashion, and we're going to put a lot of prejudice behind us and we're going to move together and forward as a city," Roundtree said.
McIntyre says she hopes young black girls in the community see her story and realize the opportunity for upward mobility.