Changing of the mayoral guard will bring change | CHUCK PARRISH

Allan Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.

The November election is over. Former council member and now Mayor Allan Ekberg is on the job. What should we expect in the short term? Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.

A new mayor may choose to form a new team. It is possible, even likely, that we will see a shakeup in some positions in city government. In this sense, city government is similar to private enterprise. Changes usually come with new management.

During the campaign, candidate Ekberg heard a lot about speeding along our streets and about code enforcement. Watch your speedometer! There will be increased attention to speed-limit enforcement. Code enforcement is more complicated than speed-limit enforcement. It is often a legal process. Another employee may be needed. The mayor and council will need to work together on this.

The mayor and council are facing the fact of rising costs for police and fire. At the same time, they are exploring the possibility of joining a regional fire authority. Presenting this to the public in an understandable way will be challenging.


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