Buttigieg introduces his 'transition team'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Mayor-elect Pete Buttigieg announced on Tuesday afternoon that the formation of a seven-person 'Transition Team' will help implement his vision and guide the process leading to his swearing in on Jan. 1, 2012.

“One week ago, South Bend decided that it wanted a fresh start in city government,” said Buttigieg, who met with the transition team at an office downtown. “Today, I begin delivering on that promise by convening a number of community voices to help me get input as we build the new administration.”

The group includes:

  • Brad Chamness, a Business Representative for Sheet Metal Workers Local 20
  • Michelle Engel, an attorney and SBCSC board member
  • Gary Gilot, the outgoing Director of Public Works with the City of South Bend
  • Tracy Graham, a managing partner of Graham Allen Partners
  • Sheri Miller Story, the Director of Public Policy with the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
  • Mark Neal, the head of KRS Financial and former VP and CFO of Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
  • Rebecca Ruvalcaba, the Executive Director at La Casa de Amistad Youth and Community Center

Buttigieg also announced that a new website has been created where residents can learn more about the 'Transiton Team', share ideas on city government services, and apply for positions with the City of South Bend.

The transition team will assist Buttigieg in recruiting qualified applicants to serve the City of South Bend, beginning with the mayor’s office staff and department heads. Existing department heads have been advised to re-apply if they would like to continue serving the City.


(Source: Photos and  information, courtesy of Pete for South Bend.)

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