Photo essay: Mayor G.T. Bynum’s first day

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Photographer Shane Bevel spent the day with new Mayor G.T. Bynum to document Bynum’s first day in office for The Frontier. Below are some of the best moments of the day, as captured by Bevel. (Read Kevin Canfield’s story here.) 

sb120516-tfgtbynum-66864-2Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum attends mass at Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa just hours before being sworn into his new position. 

12/5/16 1:35:08 PM -- Mayor-Elect GT Bynum chats with fellow parishioner John Farrell after attending mass at Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa just hours before being sworn into his new position. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum chats with fellow parishioner John Farrell after attending mass at Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Tulsa just hours before being sworn into his new position.

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Bynum stops on the steps of Holy Family Cathedral to chat with fellow parishioners David and Lisa Vaughan after attending mass.

12/5/16 1:47:55 PM -- Mayor Elect GT Bynum goes over his speech one last time in a nearly empty parking garage before being sworn in at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum goes over his speech one last time while parked in the garage under Central Library.

12/5/16 2:02:34 PM -- Former Tulsa Mayor Bob LaFortune talks with his grandson, Mayor Elect GT Bynum just before he's sworn in as mayor at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. Photo by Shane Bevel

Former Tulsa Mayor Bob LaFortune talks with Bynum, his grandson, just before Bynum is sworn in as mayor. LaFortune was Tulsa’s 31st mayor and Bynum is 40th.

Mayor G.T. Bynum smiles at his daughter Annabel, 7, in the moments before he is sworn into office. SHANE BEVEL/The Frontier Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum smiles at his daughter Annabel, 7, in the moments before he is sworn into office.

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Bynum holds a Bible as he prepares to be sworn into office as mayor of Tulsa.

12/5/16 3:16:39 PM -- Mayor Elect GT Bynum addresses the audience at the Central Library before being sworn in. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum addresses the audience at the Central Library before being sworn into office.

12/5/16 3:26:05 PM -- Mayor GT Bynum's daughter Annabel watches as her father is sworn in using a Bible held by her mother Susan. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum’s 7-year-old daughter, Annabel, watches as her father is sworn into office.

12/5/16 3:32:43 PM -- Tulsa City Councilor GT Bynum signs his oath of office after being sworn in by his uncle and former mayor of Tulsa, Bill LaFortune at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum signs his oath of office after being sworn in by District Judge Bill LaFortune.

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Bynum laughs while he wipes his wife’s lipstick from his face during his first city council meeting after being sworn into office.

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Bynum presides over his first Tulsa City Council meeting as mayor, held in the Central Library downtown.

12/5/16 3:45:54 PM -- Mayor GT Bynum applauds at the conclusion of his first city council meeting, inside the Central Library, as mayor. Photo by Shane Bevel

Bynum applauds at the conclusion of his first Tulsa City Council meeting as mayor.

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Bynum has a family portrait made with his 9-year-old son, Robert, daughter Annabel and wife Susan by Tulsa photographer Kenneth M. Ruggiano.

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Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Deborah Gist stops to chat with Bynum’s family after the ceremony. Bynum has said he intends to strengthen ties between the city and school system as mayor.

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Annabel Bynum reacts to seeing her father’s photo on the wall of mayors at city hall. Bynum is Tulsa’s 40th mayor and his grandfather, Robert LaFortune, was Tulsa’s 31st mayor.

TFGTBynum67709Bynum logs into his computer for the first time while seated at a desk that came from the machine shop of his great-grandfather, G.T. Bynum Sr.

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Bynum and his staff meet with Mike Kier from the finance department just hours after taking office. The table they are sitting at was the City Commission meeting table when Bynum’s grandfather, Bob LaFortune, was street commissioner in the city commission.

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Bynum sits at a table that once served as the City Commission meeting room table when Bynum’s grandfather, Bob LaFortune, served on the commission. It’s now the conference table in the mayor’s office.

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Bynum gives his family and friends a tour of his new office at Tulsa’s City Hall.

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Annabel Bynum plays under her father’s 1920’s desk, which once belonged to a U.S. Senator from Colorado, with Elise Phoenix.

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