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Slaughter eager to tackle challenging Williamsport issues

Now that he’s taken the oath of office, Mayor Derek Slaughter says he wants to “hit the ground running” on Monday, his first full day in City Hall.

“Our administration will work with the public, with City Council, with our businesses and our other stakeholders to develop the strategic plans needed to move Williamsport forward,” Slaughter said, noting his appreciation for the overwhelming support during last year’s run for office.

“It is very humbling that they trust in me and I look forward to leading the city of Williamsport,” Slaughter said.

Taxpayers, he said, can anticipate his policy to mirror his promise during the campaign: transparency, efficiency and accountability in city government.

“We’ve got to get our financial house in order,” he said.

Slaughter, who took a leave of absence from his job as an algebra teacher at Williamsport Area High School, said his desire to be mayor was to give back to the city and to have the greatest impact he could on it.

Among the first responsibilities he will need to handle will be the naming of his department heads. Slaughter said he wanted to first take the oath of office and will then decide on department heads.

Council President Randall J. Allison said Slaughter and the new council members will need a transition period as they take their new positions. This includes three new council members: Jon Mackey, Vincent Pulizzi and Adam Yoder.

Council, Allison said, is eager to see the mayor, his administration and the new set of council members get off on the right foot and that he is hopeful for the best relations possible between Slaughter and council.

“Having gotten to work with Derek for two years (as a councilman) and sitting next to him and working with him on projects outside our council meetings, we see eye to eye on a lot of major initiatives that the city needs going forward,” Allison said.

Some of those items were left undone and there are new ones, Allison said.

“I look forward to working with him as he leads the administration in a new direction and sets the course for our city,” Allison said.

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