And, as I reflect on the past 60 months, I can’t help but think about some of the unprecedented crises we have navigated as a City-Parish in this time — we have seen historic floods, hurricanes, and a global pandemic — to name a few. 

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome State of the City Address

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome delivered the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 p.m.

In her speech, she addressed crime, economic development, infrastructure, drainage, the American Rescue Plan, and the quality of the city.

Broome says that every time there is a homicide, the dispatch calls her to update her on the situation.

“Yes, every time there is a homicide, I get the call. If there is ever a major concern, I get the call,” Broome says. “Day in and day out I feel the burden and weight that these crimes bring. I see and feel the grief of the families and I feel the worry of neighbors.”

“I don’t have to go over the many press clippings or headlines concerning crime in our city — we all know about the influx of violent crime in 2021. As your leader I own that and face it head-on every day, and especially late at night when I take on the phone call about each homicide that has occurred,” Broome said.

Broome told a heartfelt and tragic story about a phone call she received one night from a woman who lives in North Baton Rouge. Broome says the woman told her how she was frustrated about the crime and that she was retired but felt like she couldn’t sit on her front porch.

“Just as I own the state of crime in Baton Rouge, we must all own the facts about crime. Crime is soaring across the country. Cities of every size are grappling with crime like never before. I don’t present these facts to you as an excuse or a political scapegoat; it is a harsh reality that we must understand in order to grasp the complexities of crime and create solutions,” Broome said.

Broome’s theme throughout the speech was “Believe in Baton Rouge”.

“If I allowed some of the emails or phone calls I receive to deter me, I could let the vision go; forget about it and just do a “job.”  Yet, I understand that the fulfillment of the vision is often a longer process than the vision itself,” Broome says. “Thus, I intend to be your Mayor-President for as long as is given to me to see the vision fulfilled.”

Broome says she needs people who believe in the city and her vision, no matter how impossible it seems.

“People who share in the collective work AND responsibility for what transpires in our community. People who are passionate about positive change and committed to serve as catalysts towards making a difference. People who believe in Baton Rouge,” Broome says.

“And I know we can all be those people,” Broome says.

Below is the video that played right before the mayor spoke.

Listen to the entire speech in the video above.

Broome gave the State of the City speech at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.

Watch the mayor’s speech live at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.