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EDITORIAL: Collins selects chief of staff

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Mayor-Elect Michael Collins Mayor-Elect Michael Collins
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Michael Collins announced some of his key administrative people this week. 

Most significantly, Bob Reinbolt will be his chief of staff.  From what I hear, this is a good, solid first step.  Reinbolt has tons of experience from the Finkbeiner administration.  Perhaps that is an understatement.  By reputation, Mr. Reinbolt should be capable of balancing the paperwork inherent in managing a mid-size city while controlling the endless discussions and talking points of a new mayor finding his footing.  Mayor Collins will benefit from Reinbolt's counsel and his administrative expertise. 

I am curious to see if Mayor Collins delivers on his implied goal of moving from the old guard to the new in a year or so.  It's easy to say he wants to train the next generation of administrative leaders.  It is entirely another thing to actually move these people up and trust them as advisors.  Time will tell.  

Mayor Collins has a lot of decisions to make.  At least the Reinbolt decision is easy to understand and defend.  The other decisions about his inner circle should tell us a lot about paying back political favors and what kind of mayor he intends to be.

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