With election over, Fischer looks ahead to transition

Mayor-elect Greg Fischer with outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson
Mayor-elect Greg Fischer with outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson

Louisville, KY - By Connie Leonard - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Mayor-elect Greg Fischer doesn't take over the office until January, but on the day after he was elected, Fischer had a very busy day.

Wednesday afternoon, Fischer was at Metro Hall to meet with outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson about the transition process. As Fischer takes over the city's top office, one of the big questions will be who stays and who goes from the old administration. Fischer said the first thing he will do is send out a letter and ask people if they want to stay in their jobs.

"They can review what they feel like their strengths and weaknesses are, their opportunities and threats, what they see as the challenges looking forward," said Fischer. "What kinds of data did they use to evaluate the performance of their departments and then make the case for them keeping their positions, we want the very best people in every position that we can have in city government. So, that's the process we'll use to do that."

Fischer was asked if Robert White, chief of the Louisville Metro Police, will be keeping his job. During the campaign, Fischer announced his support for White and the job he was doing. Fischer said it was the commitment he made during the campaign and White will keep the job if he wants it.

The Mayor and Mayor-elect met for about 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon.  Fischer said of his team, "We came with a list of questions that we went through."  Abramson responded, "Greg understands that you got to get the stuff done, that's got to get done."

Fischer says talking about future job prospects for the city was at the top of his list.  Next? Abramson says the Louisville businessman wanted to talk money.  "One of the first things that Greg asked and rightfully so, was how are we doing on the revenues? and he asked, How are we doing on the expenses?" Abramson told reporters.

Abramson says the city is on target with revenue projections and with a AAA bond rating, he's confident in turning over a city that's financially sound.

Fischer gained another Democrat on the Metro Council as longtime Republican Doug Hawkins lost his race to David Yates.  While the 17-9 advantage is a positive, Fischer says he wants a bi-partisan effort as the city moves forward.

"It's important to me that the Republicans know that I'll be the Mayor for all of Louisville and I hope that we can work together very cooperatively."

Fischer says former Louisville Mayor and County Judge Executive Dave Armstrong and former Metro Council Member and retiring State Representative Ron Weston will be advising him on the transition.

He also hopes to meet mayors of other cities who have achieved economic success.

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