Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry Announces Transition Panels; Prominent Business and Political Figures Handling the Task for Mayor-Elect

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry Announces Transition Panels; Prominent Business and Political Figures Handling the Task for Mayor-Elect

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Byline: Nate Monroe

Jacksonville Mayor-elect Lenny Curry announced Tuesday eight transition subcommittees - led by prominent city figures including former mayor and current University of North Florida President John Delaney - that will focus on critical city issues.

The committees reflect Curry's priorities, echoing themes he repeated during the mayoral campaign - for example, "A Safer Jacksonville." And they draw on vast political and leadership experience in Jacksonville, from Delaney to experienced operators who are paid to know the ins and outs of the city's consolidated government.

The subcommittees will meet at the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University and will eventually make some hiring recommendations for Curry's appointed staff.

"Today the mayoral transition team is taking an important next step by building the structure for committees that will bring together the best and brightest of our city," Curry said in a statement.

The committees and the chairs are:

- "Economic Development" subcommittee; chaired by Delaney, who is also chairman of the JAX Chamber.

- "A Safer Jacksonville" subcommittee; chaired by the Rev. Fred Newbill, pastor at First Timothy Baptist Church.

- "Fiscal Responsibility" subcommittee; chaired by Jay Demetree, president Demetree Brothers, a Jacksonville real-estate development and property and construction management firm.

- "Streamlining Growth and Opportunity" subcommittee; chaired by T.R. Hainline, an attorney and shareholder at the Rogers Towers law firm and a registered lobbyist with the city.

- "Operations, Human Resources and Productivity" subcommittee; chaired by Kerri Stewart, a partner in the government-relations firm Infinity Global Solutions. She is also a registered lobbyist with the city and a former top aide to former Mayor John Peyton.

- "Prevention Intervention and At-risk Youth" subcommittee; co-chaired by Paul Perez, chief compliance officer at Fidelity National Finance and a former United States Attorney, and former City Councilman Johnny Gaffney.

- "Infrastructure" subcommittee; chaired by Ed Burr, president and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings. …

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