AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Mayor Dan Horrigan, elected Tuesday to lead Akron, held his first news conference Thursday since winning the election.
The Mayor-elect announced the formation of the city of Akron's Blue Ribbon Task Force, with the goal of recommending actions that will help improve the community's financial health, economic growth, leadership diversity and quality of life.
The 15-member panel is charged with providing his administration with an accurate assessment of the current state of the community, and offering recommendations of immediate steps that should be taken within the first 100 days.
The task force is chaired by Tim Ochsenhirt, retired managing partner, Roetzel & Andress. It is comprised of recognized business, labor, education and government leaders.
"This is a critical time for the city of Akron, a time filled with challenges as well as remarkable opportunities for growth," said Mayor-elect Horrigan. "This task force will play a vital role as we write the next chapter in Akron's incredible story."
The task force has been asked to focus on the following areas:
- City finances
- City operations
- Personnel and human resource management
- Economic and neighborhood development
- Risk management
- Charter Changes
The take force will provide its recommendations to the Mayor-elect on February 1, 2016.
Winning 72% of the vote, Horrigan beat out Republican attorney Eddie Sipplen.
Horrigan is city's first new mayor in 28 years.