NAPLES, Fla. - A dream of being the leader of his city became a reality for a 7-year-old boy. TJ Jeffreys was sworn in as the Mayor of Naples Monday morning.
Mayor John Sorey III then took the Saint Ann's second grader around City Hall.
"I'm delighted that TJ is here today and learning a little bit about government" said Mayor Sorey.
TJ's mother Jo-Anne tells WINK News this is something he's always wanted to do.
"He likes local government and we love Naples, so he was really excited to come here and spend the day," said Jo-Anne.
During his grand tour of City Hall, TJ met with City Manager William Moss, Finance Director Ann Marie S. Ricardi, and many others. At one point he asked Lisa Douglass, Customer Service Manager, to show him Saint Ann's water bill.
TJ says his favorite part of touring City Hall was when he learned how the City Council meetings are video taped.
Before leaving City Hall, Mayor Sorey briefed TJ on the development of the Gordan River Park. The two of them then went to the park to check it out.
Afterwards, the day wrapped up back at the Mayor's office in City Hall where Mayor Sorey and TJ had lunch.
Jo-Anne says TJ filling the role as Mayor was very exciting for their family.
"Flash forward 30 or 20 years and maybe this would really happen you never know," she said.
Mayor Sorey had these words of advice for the potential future leader of Naples: "Study hard, work hard, and give back to your community."
This is the first time the City of Naples has done Mayor for the day.
TJ won the opportunity through a charity auction at Saint Ann's.