In separate ceremonies, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and City Comptroller Jacqueline McLean were sworn in yesterday amid appropriate pomp and circumstance. Thursday, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke also takes the oath of office. Schmoke and Clarke cruised to easy victories in their re-election bids this year. McLean, a former two-term city councilwoman from the 2nd District, made the comptroller's race the most spirited contest of the season with her surprisingly lopsided victory over two popular opponents in September's three-way primary.
The trio of Schmoke, Clarke and McLean, along with the City Council, now face the daunting task of leading Baltimore city through the undeniably rough times that lie ahead. Politics being what it is, rivalry among the top three city-wide elected officials is probably inevitable. But we trust that, for the next four years at least, the mayor, council president and comptroller will all defer personal ambition to the job of furthering the city's agenda. Managing Baltimore in an era of declining resources will require coordination and cooperation among the city's top officeholders, and that can't happen if they are already jockeying for position for 1995. The future will be here soon enough. Meanwhile, teamwork ought to be the name of the game, and we are confident that the new city team recognizes this imperative.