Dan Horrigan

Marilyn Keith
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

With the New Year, newly elected, and selected, political leaders are taking over key jobs in in many northeast Ohio Cities.  In Akron, Marilyn Keith will now head up City Council.  She spoke at length with WKSU’s Tim Rudell, about what she sees coming.

Marilyn Keith retired from teaching four years ago to become Akron’s 8th Ward City Council representative. She says she didn’t imagine, or have any interest in, becoming council president. But a flurry of events, including 

Horrigan speaking after his swearing in
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

  Akron officially has a new mayor, one described by everyone from his predecessors to his daughters as ready to face the challenges of a city that’s not done remaking itself. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from this morning’s inauguration of Dan Horrigan.

On one hand, Horrigan says Monday morning will be all about the mundane: assigning parking spots and computer passwords and attending meetings and more meetings.

Dan Horrigan
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

 

 

   This Friday, Dan Horrigan officially becomes Akron’s first new elected mayor in nearly three decades. He’s already appointed most of his cabinet as well as a Blue Ribbon Commission to give him an overview of how the city operates. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, Horrigan says one of the most important advantages he has is a balance of fresh perspective and continuity.

Dan Horrigan
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

 

Akron has been rated the best city in the nation when it comes to return-on-investment on spending for police. 

The calculations of the personal finance site WalletHub compare tax dollars spent per capita for police protection to crime rates, with adjustments made for poverty and unemployment rates and household income.

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