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Editorial: Pep is fine, when followed by action

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman struck the right chord Wednesday in his pep talk to city employees, pressing upon them that "you all have a part in what happens in the city." It was a smart move for a new boss, and it gave Kriseman and his team a chance to define their guiding principles for those who directly serve citizens. But soon those employees will need more tangible direction when it comes to major issues before the city.

The event at the Mahaffey Theater was not unlike many private sector company forums aimed at motivating employees to do their jobs better and smarter. There was even a celebrity — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon — to help rally the troops. Kriseman wisely included City Council chairman Bill Dudley as a speaker, projecting a unity of purpose that was largely missing under the last administration. City Administrator Gary Cornwell spoke of a different vibe in City Hall, one that is more relaxed but also focused. So relaxed, apparently, it was sometimes hard to discern who was mayor, as Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin often dominated the stage as Kriseman stood to the side.

Vision statements, pillars and values are good. The bigger questions for residents remain what concrete steps the new mayor will take to replace the Pier, resolve the baseball stadium stalemate, build a police headquarters, hire a new police chief, bring jobs to downtown …

Editorial: Pep is fine, when followed by action 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:27pm]
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