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Dyster names three to team

Mayor-elect Paul A. Dyster named two campaign workers and a city employee to a transition team Thursday that will help prepare for his new mayoral administration.

Craig Touma, an attorney who served as Dyster's campaign manager, will oversee the team as transition director and will help recruit and solicit input from area stakeholders on policy issues.

The mayor has the power to appoint the city administrator and other non-union leadership positions, including the fire chief, the police chief and the corporation counsel.

Dyster has said he wants to focus on creating policy goals for the city before determining who should be hired for top city jobs.

He also named Elliott White as executive assistant for the transition team and city Senior Planner Tom DeSantis as the team's City Hall liaison.

"We felt it was advantageous to have someone who was at City Hall on a daily basis to serve as part of the transition team," said Dyster, who has worked with DeSantis when he was on the City Council and on other planning projects during the last eight years.

Mayor Vince Anello has authorized all of the city's department heads to meet with Dyster and his transition team during the next month to discuss the city's needs.

"I've asked them to be absolutely straight forward and honest about what the real needs are," City Administrator Bill Bradberry said.

Bradberry said he is looking forward to a smooth transition.

"There's been a history here of musical chairs, and I hope that we don't see a repetition of that," Bradberry said.

Dyster spoke with Anello and Council Chairman Robert Anderson Jr. on Wednesday to discuss the transition.

Anderson said his discussion with Dyster was positive.

"I'm looking forward to a different environment," Anderson said of the new administration.


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