Fischer Announces First New Hires
Eight new officers have been named to Mayor-elect Greg Fischer's administration.Fischer made the first of several announcements about new staff members Friday, appointing, among others, a new chief of staff, director of housing, chief financial officer and director of human resources. Many of the employees come from state government, while some are already in Metro Government in another context. And some of the new employees will fill positions that currently do not exist. For example, Fischer has appointed a chief of community building."We'll be announcing a new structure for the mayor's office. Community building is one of those. It will oversee areas such as family and human services, cultural attractions, the zoo, the science center, those areas that reach out and touch our citizens," he says.For the first six months of Fischer's first term, current Deputy Mayor Bill Summers will fill another new position: Chief Administrative Officer."Bill was ready to retire and wasn't really thinking about this, but I called on him to share all of this knowledge he has with us to make sure we have this smooth transition. So he changed his plans for the good of the city, and Bill, I really appreciate it," says Fischer.Former Metro Council President and outgoing state representative Ron Weston will be a special assistant to Fischer. More new hires will be announced before Fischer takes office on January 3rd.