Following a discussion of general business, as well as a rousing rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” by Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Christopher “Shea” Neckell, Mayor-Elect David Jackson took to the podium, focusing on the creation and purpose of his “Transition Team.”
“We are working very diligently to make this transition as smooth as possible for the people of Madisonville,” said Jackson. “One of the things that really made me seek the Mayor’s office was the hope that our city could more effectively partner with our business community in order to create jobs, growth, and opportunity—that’s going to be one of the main focuses of my administration.”
“I want every decision that I make during this transition to be in the interests of the many stakeholders of our city,” said Jackson. “So I put this Transition Team in place to advise me regarding these decisions.”
As Jackson explained, the Transition Team will consist of the following individuals: Dr. Mark Stanfield, a heart surgeon with Trover Health Systems; Skip McGaw of the Riddle Insurance Company; Kent Waide, the President of both the Madisonville Area Manufacturers Association (MAMA) and the Ruby Concrete Company; Jimmy Riddle of the Riddle Insurance Company; Barry Eveland of the Ideal Oil Company; and Carol Ligon, the Treasurer of the David Jackson Campaign.
“I want to create jobs, cut spending, reduce taxes, improve customer service, and generally lower the cost of doing business in Madisonville,” said Jackson. “I believe that by doing these 5 things, we’ll see growth in the next 4 years, and I’m working with the Transition Team so that they can advise me in making those decisions.”
As Jackson further noted, “The Transition Team will be working with me in an advisory capacity regarding the organization of city government and personnel that will best assist me in achieving the goals I laid out during the campaign.”
However, as Jackson went on to explain, “My Transition Team will work with me during my transition into the Mayor’s office, but it will disbanded shortly thereafter—so it’s really a kind of ‘think tank’ to bring about the best ideas.”
In addition to the Transition Team, Jackson mentioned that incorporating the ideas and wants of local citizens is a main concern.
“This is not my administration; this is your administration,” said Jackson. “This is our city, and by working together, we can make this the best city possible.”
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