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Columbus Mayor Fulfills Campaign Promises With Appointments

Columbus City Hall

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown is making good on a campaign promise and appointing new heads of several city departments. The mayor has appointed dozens of new people since she was sworn in this weekend, and she says she hopes to fill the rest of the appointments by the end of the week. Brown says she wanted people who were willing to be more transparent with city government.

"We looked for people who were qualified and don't already sit on existing city boards and commissions, and really a commitment from those individuals to be really receptive to public input," she says.

Brown has also appointed new police and fire chiefs as well as deputy police and fire chiefs. They will be tasked with implementing some of Brown's ideas concerning public safety.

"On the police side really putting more feet on the street," Brown says. "Moving people out of desk jobs. Putting them back into the patrol division."

The mayor says she also wants to increase emergency response training so first responders can better handle emergency situations.

Below are the appointments for part-time positions in the Columbus city government.

Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority

Amy Kaiser - VP, First Financial -Â reappointed

Otter Creek Golf Course Board

Spencer Thompson – VP, Thompson Furniture - replacing Ted Stansbury

Jim Powell – Retired, BCSC (Principal at North) - replacing Terry Coriden

Parks and Recreation Board

Nancy Ann Brown (D) – Realtor, ReMax, Former Mayor – replacing Scott AndrewsÂ

Wayne Barnett (R) – Retired from turf products industry – replacing Ryan Brand

Public Works & Safety Board

Susan Fye –Owner, Fye Rentals  - replacing Judy Johns Jackson

Tom Dowd – Market President South Central Indiana, First Financial – replacing Steve Gochenour from First Financial

Alcoholic Beverage Commission

James Johns (D) – Owner, STAT Ambulance – reappointed

VIP Commission

Jan Sprague – Owner, Sprague Hotels – replacing Amit Patel

Jeff Baker – Owner, Bakers Fine Gifts – replacing Brenda Sullivan

Martha Risk – Owner, Conway Tours – replacing Randy Royer

Tamara Kiel – Owner, Annrren Group – replacing Brad Davis, MainSource Bank

Technology Advisory Committee

Jason Tracy – Network Engineer, Compu-Age – replacing Oakel HardyÂ

City Plan Commission

Roger Lang (R) – Owner, RELang Co. - reappointed

Commissions with positions not yet appointed:

Aviation Board

Utility Board

Animal Control Commission

Redevelopment Commission

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