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Houston Mayoral Transition Team Works Towards A Smooth One

Mayor-Elect Sylvester Turner and new city council members take their oaths of office this morning. But Turner’s transition team has been working with Mayor Annise Parker since the runoff election.


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The swearing-in ceremony is at Jones Hall, and it’s being organized by Mayor Parker’s Office of Special Events. Mayor-elect Turner has been working with Mayor Parker and her senior staff on a smooth transition for a few weeks, appointing teams to make policy recommendations in key issue areas.

David Mincberg, who served as Turner’s campaign treasurer, leads the transition team.

“Mayor Parker and Mayor Parker’s team have been exceptional, and we’re working very closely with them to make sure it’s a very smooth transition. And in fact, virtually all of Mayor Parker’s team are being held over to ensure that it’s a very smooth transition. And I really do want to emphasize what a great job she and her team have done handing off to the mayor-elect.”

The transition involves more than personnel decisions. The team is making policy recommendations for the new administration.

“The Mayor-elect has identified a dozen different policy areas that he’s asked teams to look at. And those subject areas range from quality of life to the criminal justice system. And those teams will be taking a look at all the different policy issues and making recommendations to the mayor after they receive additional feedback from the citizens of Houston.”

The transition teams will be assembling this week, and Mincberg says they should be submitting their final report by the end of the first quarter.

Click here to read more about Houston’s 2016 Inauguration Ceremony.

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