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Future St. Pete mayor gets down to business

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After beating Bill Foster handily for the St. Petersburg Mayor's chair, Rick Kriseman wasted no time getting down to business.

This morning he held a meeting at City Hall to announce his transition team. He has asked Andy Hayes and Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich to be his chairmen for the transition."It's our aim to have a very diverse transition team that have varying backgrounds that really reflect this community so that moving forward we have a good sense of the needs of the community," said Kriseman.

Kriseman said he wants to hit the ground running when he is sworn in Jan. 2. He will meet with staff members in the coming weeks to determine who wants to stay under his leadership.

The 51 year old attorney will take the helm of the city as it deals with some big issues. He will have to replace the retiring police chief.  Kriseman wants to hire a search team to look outside for candidates. He would also like internal candidates to step forward to be considered.

The future of the Pier must also be decided during his tenure.  Kriseman wants to take more time in going back to citizens to find a design that fits functionality first, and appearance , second.

The other big issue is how the city will proceed with Rays negotiations. Kriseman  said that he would like to reach out to the Rays ownership as soon as possible to sit down informally to talk. "I'm looking forward to sitting down and getting to know each other so we can then start the process of doing what we can to make this team successful here," said Kriseman.

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