Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, six council members sworn in (updated with speech, video)

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Update January 10: More than 600 people gathered outside of city hall yesterday to witness the 10th consecutive (and final) swearing in of Charleston's Mayor Joseph P. Riley.

During his speech, Riley promised the next four years would be the most successful in Charleston's history. He also addressed the importance of two major, ongoing projects that have drawn many a naysayer in the Lowcountry: the construction of the new cruise terminal and the completion of I-526.

The Post and Courier was on hand and has some solid report on the day's events as well as a transcript of Riley's speech, a photo gallery and video of the swearing in ceremony. You'll find it all here.

First reporting: With near certainty that the 10th term for Charleston Mayor Joe Riley will be his final, the countdown begins today as Riley and six council members are due to be sworn in on January 9 at noon.

The public inauguration and swearing–in will take place in front of Charleston City Hall at Broad and Meeting streets — note that Broad Street will be closed from Meeting to Church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

A reception for the public will be held afterward in Washington Square next to city hall. 

As for what Riley has meant to Charleston and the state, that's already been explored a bit, too.