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Retired lobbyist to fill City Council vacancy

A former 30-year top city administrator will fill a vacant seat on the City Council.

Retired city lobbyist Herb Polson was selected by the City Council Thursday to serve the final year of Rick Kriseman's council term in District 1.

Polson, 58, will be sworn in Dec. 14.

"We've been together a long time," Polson told council members at a special meeting Thursday. "I believe I can be a seamless addition to this group."

Polson was selected on the council's first ballot, beating out former City Council member Bob Kersteen and community activist Thomas Killian.


Council members pick replacements

No campaign signs, no touch screen voting machines and no demands for recounts.

As elections go, all went smoothly Thursday, and the Tampa City Council had two new members.

City Council members selected attorney Chip Fletcher to fill the open citywide District 2 seat and Sickle Cell Association president Frank Reddick to represent District 5, which includes East Tampa.

The two will be sworn in Dec. 7 and will serve until after city elections in March.

The seats were left vacant when Rose Ferlita and Kevin White resigned to run for the Hillsborough County Commission.

The five City Council members chose their new colleagues from nearly 50 applicants.


Trash hauler to drop 20,000 customers

Waste Management is stopping trash service for almost 20,000 customers beginning Jan. 1, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The company will limit its service to the densely populated area west of the Suncoast Parkway and south of State Road 52. Dropped customers can set up service with one of the other 11 approved haulers in Pasco.