Rogero prepares for transition into Knoxville mayor's office

Rogero prepares for transition into Knoxville mayor's office

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"We had a leadership team here this morning with several heads of institutions here in town and with the city and county mayor. So far it's been a great day," said Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero. "We had a leadership team here this morning with several heads of institutions here in town and with the city and county mayor. So far it's been a great day," said Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Now that Madeline Rogero is Knoxville mayor-elect, another big task is ahead: transitioning into the mayor's office.

Rogero met with newly elected city council members and interim Mayor Daniel Brown for lunch Wednesday afternoon.

"We had a leadership team here this morning with several heads of institutions here in town and with the city and county mayor. So far it's been a great day," said Rogero.

As Rogero prepares to take office, she's also looking to get her leadership team in place.

"The first thing we'll do is take a look at the structure. Every mayor plans his or her administration differently. So we'll finalize our structure and we'll start announcing my leadership team," she said.

Rogero said she would like to keep Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and Fire Chief Stan Sharp.

Interim Mayor Brown's leadership team includes Deputy to the Mayor Larry Martin, who is set to retire in December. Senior Policy Director Bill Lyons says he may leave as well.

"We're here to serve the citizens so that's the philosophy I'm looking for, someone who is committed to that kind of public service," Rogero said.

Once she gets her team in place, issues she would like to focus on include strengthening the city's neighborhood associations, along with Knoxville's business climate.

"We talked during the campaign about being proactive and working with the business community to make sure we have a good business climate so they can grow and jobs can be created by the private sector," Rogero said.

Rogero's inauguration is scheduled for December 17.

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