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      Mayor-elect Collins announces director positions

      Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins beat out incumbent Mayor Mike Bell in November's General Election.

      Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins released his appointments to his administration Monday morning, including his replacement for Toledo's Police Chief.Collins appointed Lt. William Moton to head the Toledo Police Department. Lt. Moton was appointed to the Toledo Police Department in 1983. He is currently a commander of the Crimes Against Persons Section.

      Former Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs announced his retirement Thursday, citing "irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy" with Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins.

      The key members appointed are listed below:Chief of Staff - Robert ReinboltAssistant Chief of Staff - Joel MazurExecutive Assistant/PIO - Lisa WardDepartment of Finance - George SarantouDepartment of Inspection - Chris Zervos

      Department of Business Development â?? Matt SaparaFire & Rescue - Luis SantiagoDepartment of Law - Adam LoukxDepartment of Neighborhoods - Tom KromaPolice Department - William MotonDepartment of Public Service - William FranklinDepartment of Public Utilities - Robin WhitneyHealth Department - Dr. David GrossmanPlan Commission - Tom Lemon

      Councilman At-Large Rob Ludeman has worked with many of the people who will be under the Collins' umbrella as of January 3.

      "I've been a friend of Bob Reinbolt for many years, and I think that's a good choice for chief of staff. Tom Kroma, I worked closely with him when he was on staff. And Bill Franklin has actually been a friend of mine since high school," Ludeman said.

      Ludeman says each person appointed has a long history in the Glass City. He says their work product is good, and people respect them.

      As a council member, D. Michael Collins called himself the "watch-dog" of the Bell administration, criticizing Mike Bell for vehicle puchases, trips to China, and salary increases for his executive staff.

      Ludeman says the entire council has a responsibility to play a part in that role.

      "I think council has to be part of the checks-and-balances. And to be supportive at times, and be critical at times," said Ludeman.

      Collins requested a salary increase for the head position in the Department of Business Development, but Ludeman says Collins scores a major win for getting Matt Sapara, who is currently the chief operating officer for the Port Authority.

      Collins has pledged to reduce executive positions by 20 percent, starting by eliminating the position of deputy mayor. Collins also intends to re-organize several city departments, with council's approval.

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