Cupid received a standing ovation from the packed commissioners’ meeting room after she took the oath from Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole.
County spokesman Robert Quigley said he counted 375 in attendance.
Deane Bonner, president of the Cobb NAACP, said she was thrilled to see Cupid take office.
“Lisa Cupid brings to the Cobb Commission intellect — she’s smart, she’s articulate, and she is such an added asset to the Cobb commissioners that we will totally see a difference in what she brings to the table,” Bonner said. “She’s just what they need at this particular point in time.”
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said she, too, was excited.
“Now we have a 3-2 ‘women rule’ on the Board of Commissioners,” Birrell said. “We outnumber the men. Women rule.”
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said he was happy to see Cupid take office as well.
“I think it’s nice to have a new face on the board every once in a while, and she’s got some wonderful ideas, and a great vision, and I think she’ll work real well with the county,” Mathews said.
Cupid’s parents, Mark and Yvonne Smith were present, along with some 20 family members.
The invocation was given by Pastor Ruth Negron of Iglesia Cristo Reina Church in Powder Springs. The pledge was given by children from Stages Early Enrichment Center in Austell, where Cupid’s children attend school.
Cupid, 35, and her husband Craig, an intellectual property attorney in Midtown, have two children, Nehemiah, 4, and Noah, 2.
Born in Manhattan and raised outside of Detroit in Southfield, Mich., Cupid holds four degrees: one in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, and degrees in law, English and public administration from Georgia State.
Cupid said one difference residents will see between her and the former commissioner whom she defeated in last year’s Democratic primary, Woody Thompson, is her level of visibility in the community.
“We’ll probably have more meetings with the public than what we’ve had in the past,” she said. “That’s something that’s pretty important to me, just so people feel connected to the county, and that’s one of the main ways that people do feel connected is having a medium to publicly air their concerns with their neighbors.”
Cupid said she is developing an action plan she hopes to have in place by February.
“Right now my desire is to go after things that are low-hanging fruit that can be done with little cost without a need to have any special action done by the commissioners, but by simply utilizing the services that we have available through our different departments and staff, seeing how we can give some attention to some areas of the county which may seem to be in need,” she said.
An example of her initial plans is working with code enforcement, she said.
“We have some areas in our district which certainly are in need of improved upkeep and just paying a little bit more attention as to how we address those matters and clean up some properties, which are bringing down the appearance of some of our corridors,” she said. “I think if people can see a visual change quickly, that will let them know that something is changing.”
Marietta Councilman Anthony Coleman said he is confident Cupid will achieve success.
“I think she will be very effective, and I think she will have an ear to hear from her constituents what the issues and concerns are that affect that community, and I think she will try to work hard to address those issues and concerns that address that community and make a positive difference down in South Cobb,” Coleman said.