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Emotional Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, new council members take oath of office

(WPDE photo)

Brenda Bethune was sworn in Tuesday afternoon as the new mayor of Myrtle Beach.

The oath-of-office ceremony for Bethune and the newly elected City Council members were held at 1 p.m. in Council Chamber at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center before a packed room.

Several new council members were emotional while taking their oaths, and during their short speeches after the ceremony.

Bethune fought back tears during the oath, having to pause to collect herself at one point.

During her short speech after taking the oath, Bethune said "Mayor girls cry."

She thanked her family and, addressing the crown gathered in the room, said "Thank you for the trust that you have placed in me. I promise to be honest. I promise to be fair and I promise to always listen to you."

Former Mayor John Rhodes was also at the ceremony, saying he feels good and is looking forward to some time off after 12 years as mayor.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to take some time off and enjoy some things. In a matter of fact, my wife is taking me on a cruise this week. We are leaving tomorrow," he said.

Rhodes said he thinks that Bethune will be a good leader for the city.

"I don't see anything that's going to hold us back. I think Brenda is going to continue to follow the path that has been set by council and see if we can't, as I say, continue in to increase in our business world, in our growth," he said.

Bethune said seeing her name on the council meeting agenda as Mayor Bethune made it "hit home."

"It's a great challenge and honor and I'm ready for it," she said.

You can watch the full ceremony in the player below.

Bethune defeated Mayor John Rhodes after a runoff election in November.

Rhodes served as mayor for 12 years.

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