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"With the work that begins today, we are one step closer to making that vision a reality."
And to do the work she wants to do, in the mayor's office, Lovely Warren needs people.
"I think we want to bring in the best talent possible," said Mayor-elect Warren, D-Rochester.
The mayor-elect is assembling her transition team. Lawyer Chris Thomas and RIT business dean and professor Dr. dt ogilvie are in charge of it.
"Expertise is needed immediately, in helping to bridge that gap between the old administration and the new," Thomas said.
Thomas' law experience includes representing the city in 2011 in mayoral succession lawsuits which eventually led outgoing Mayor Tom Richards to the mayor's office.
Warren will have the power to fill more than 70 appointed positions. She was asked if there might be a significant shakeup in those posts.
"I'm not sure. We want the best people who are qualified to move our city forward."
Warren was also asked about Police Chief Jim Sheppard's future.
"For me, if the police chief wants to remain, we will talk about that, but we have some community-police relationships we have to repair and so I'll be looking for the best person to lead our city when it comes down to public safety."
Around the corner from City Hall, in what's now an empty, donated space on State Street, is the office Warren's transition team will work out of. The transition office will open on Monday. Anyone interested in a job can apply there at that time. Those currently in appointed posts at City Hall can apply for their current jobs, or for new ones.
"We don't want to lose the talent and expertise and experience we have in City Hall," said ogilvie.
In building her management team, Warren says she's looking to hear from all voices, in the community, and beyond.
"From all stripes, all walks of life, all socioeconomic groups, to get ideas that can be put into place in this administration," Thomas said,.
Warren says she hasn't made any decisions, though she plans to reach out to people she does have in mind for certain city positions. She has 51 days to fill them, and expects nothing less than a smooth transition.
"That's what's most important for us at this point in time."