Mayor-elect Collins announces director positionsWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins released his appointments to his administration Dec. 16, including Lt. William Moton to head the Toledo Police Department.
Other key members of the management team selected by Collins are:
- Chief of Staff: Robert Reinbolt
- Assistant Chief of Staff: Joel Mazur
- Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer: Lisa Ward
- Department of Finance: George Sarantou
- Department of Inspection: Chris Zervos
- Department of Business Development: Matt Sapara
- Fire & Rescue: Luis Santiago
- Department of Law: Adam Loukx
- Department of Neighborhoods: Tom Kroma
- Department of Public Service: William Franklin
- Department of Public Utilities: Robin Whitney
- Health Department: Dr. David Grossman
- Plan Commission: Tom Lemon
The list of proposed directors will be brought before Toledo City Council as part of the confirmation process. Reinbolt, Mazur and Ward are not subject to Council approval.
Many of the appointments reflect Collins’s focus on the idea of a mentoring system among his leadership team, where experienced members mentor young leaders, grooming them to succeed them. Reinbolt, for example, who was chief of staff from 2006 to 2009 under former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, will mentor Mazur as assistant chief of staff. Mazur comes from the City’s Environmental Services Division. Former Public Service Director Franklin will return to the City of Toledo as director of the same department and will be mentoring Stephen Leggett, according to a news release.
Moton will replace Chief Derrick Diggs, who announced his retirement Dec. 12, citing “irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy” with Collins. A decorated Marine Corps war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Moton joined the Toledo Police Department in 1983. He currently serves as commander of the Crimes Against Persons section. According to the release, he will begin working on issues addressed during Collins’ campaign, including opening the Northwest District Police Station in the first 100 days of office, revitalizing the Block Watch program and returning “beat integrity” to the city.
Whitney, who will lead the Department of Public Utilities, is currently Commissioner of Engineering Services. Kroma, who is returning to the City of Toledo after working in private business, will help “make the changes promised in Collins’ platform related to the Department of Neighborhoods, beginning with the restructure of the department and cutting management staff,” according to the release.
Sapara, who is coming from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, will head up the Department of Business Development as the city’s lead economic development professional. Toledo City Council recently approved an increase in the salary range for that position.
Sarantou, who will lead the Department of Finance, has served 11 years of his 12 years on Toledo City Council as the chairman of the Finance Committee.
Staying in their current positions will be Law Director Loukx, Fire Chief Santiago, Inspection Director Zervos, Health Commissioner Grossman and Plan Commission Director Lemon.
According to the release, Collins also plans to bring legislation before City Council to reorganize several city departments, in order to honor his pledge of reducing executive positions by 20 percent.
For example, Collins plans to have Information Technology be a division of the Finance Department, and Human Resources and Affirmative Action be divisions under the supervision of Reinbolt. Reinbolt will also serve as Safety Director as there will be no deputy mayors under the Collins administration.