Just spent a few minutes with Mayor Art Ward -- that will take some time to get used to -- in the mayor's office at City Hall.
The place is pretty emptied out, of course, but Ward said he's glad. He'll fill it up.
He was busy opening mail when I was there, tossing junk mail to the side and making a little pile of envelopes addressed to his predecessor, William Stortz. Ward said he'd forward them.
Ward said he doesn't expect too much to happen at tonight's City Council meeting. Most of the appointments he can make won't be done today. He said he's talking with all the councilors to try to accommodate their desires as best he can.
He laughed when I told him that at least his elevation to mayor doesn't leave too many vacant committee slots to fill, since Stortz had kind of iced him out during the past two years.
Ward said he doesn't plan to make any grand gestures to begin his term. He said they have a way of coming back to explode in your face.
So the Ward era has begun. We'll be watching closely.
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