In the wake of the public's refusal to create a chief operating officer for City Hall, Mayor Art Ward said Wednesday he’s not sure whether he will ask the City Council to allow him to hire an assistant.
“That’s something I’m going to be evaluating in the next several months,” Ward said.
He said he has meetings scheduled soon with state development officials about the mall property and a few other issues. The result of those talks may determine which direction the mayor will go, he said.
Ward said he may decide soon, but he won’t be asking the council for the position at next week’s meeting.
Insiders said he’s considering hiring former city attorney Ed Krawiecki, Jr, who has experience dealing with the state Department of Economic and Community Development. But Ward said he hasn’t even decided if he wants to have the position.
There’s a chance, too, that the council may create an assistant for itself.
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