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Mayor Bill Foster, mayor-elect Rick Kriseman hold first meeting



Mayor Bill Foster and mayor-elect Rick Kriseman are meeting to discuss the transition for a new leader to take over at City Hall.

Foster and Kriseman are now behind closed doors on the second floor at City Hall.

Eight days after the election, it is still unclear whether Kriseman will be given office space at City Hall so his transition team can set up the new administration.

Besides the transition, Foster and Kriseman are expected to discuss the city's most important issues: The stadium stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays and the controversy over how to replace the inverted pyramid at the Pier.

While Kriseman doesn't take office until Jan. 2, Foster has not said how much information he will share with Kriseman. After conceding the election last week, Foster said he planned to make the transition smooth so citizens don't feel any impact.

Another buzz is still swirling through City Hall.

Even after Kriseman dismissed talk about him turning City Hall into a hiring hall for Democratic allies, many longtime administrators still fear Kriseman will ask many of them to leave.

Kriseman has said he plans to hire a chief of staff and spokesperson, two positions that Foster did not have in his administration.


[Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:03am]


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