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'Transition team' to examine city issues, help set stage for Kriseman

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman on Monday announced a 44-member "transition team," drawing from city officials, religious leaders, neighborhood activists, artists and business representatives.

The team will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Petersburg College downtown campus at 244 Second Ave. N, a news release said. The meeting is open to the public.

The team will break into subgroups to look at various issues facing the city, including the Tampa Bay Rays stadium, community safety, arts, the economy and neighborhood revitalization, said Ben Kirby, a Kriseman representative. Members will take stock of where the city stands and make recommendations for the future, he said.

Included on the team are several current and former city officials, including Rick Mussett, senior administrator for city development, who has helped lead stadium negotiations with the Rays; Mike Connors, public works administrator; Mike Dove, former deputy mayor for neighborhood service; and Cedric Gordon, former assistant police chief.

Religious leaders include the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr. of Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church; the Rev. Dr. Manuel L. Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church; the Rev. John G. Tapp of Holy Family Catholic Church; and Rabbi Michael Torop of Temple Beth-El.

Sykes, Tapp and Torop also are active in FAST, an ecumenical group that lobbies on city issues.

Business and civic leaders include Chris Steinocher, president of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; Joe Giles, a Carlton Fields attorney who often represents developers; William Heller, dean of the education college at USF St. Petersburg; Bob Devin Jones, co-founder of Studio 620; Katee Tully, formerly the executive director of the Morean Arts Center; and Gypsy Gallardo, publisher of Power Broker magazine.

Neighborhood representatives and activists include Lisa Wheeler-Brown, president of the Wildwood Neighborhood Association; Brother John Muhammad, president of the Childs Park Neighborhood Association; and Lorraine Margeson, a former City Council candidate.

The transition team will be co-chaired by Andrew Hayes and Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich.

This story has been amended to reflect the following correction: Katee Tully is a former executive director of the Morean Arts Center. A previous version of this story was incorrect on that point.

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