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Leslie Curran named new St. Petersburg City Council chair



ST. PETERSBURG -- Leslie Curran, the city's longest serving City Council member, was elected chair today.

Council member Herb Polson is now vice chair.

Curran praised outgoing chair Jeff Danner during the council meeting.

"He really did a fine job as chair," she said. "He kept things calm, collected. He kept people from getting into fights, but when that did happen, he made sure we made national news."

Curran was alluding to a recent brawl that broke out in the council chambers following the council's decision to cede part of a public sidewalk to the owners of downtown's BayWalk complex.

Curran and Danner were reelected in November.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:21pm]


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