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Mayor-elect Walsh reveals his transition team

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Mayor-elect Marty Walsh introduced some members of his transition team Friday.

Walsh's former opponents in the race for mayor, Charlotte Golar-Richie, Felix Arroyo and John Barros, are part of the team that will help Walsh find candidates for big jobs, like superintendent of schools and police commissioner.

"We're going to be looking at ways of saving money, any potential inefficiencies, streamlining processes," said Walsh. "A whole host of different areas in government and how we make our city more efficient."

Walsh said they're still trying to figure out roles for each of the co-chairs which also include PR strategist Joyce Linehan; executive director of the UMass Building Authority, Katherin Craven; and Samuel Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau.

A spokesman said none of them are getting paid right now and that there was never a deal to trade support for a job.

"We certainly agree that was not how we approached Marty," said Golar-Richie. "The decision-making process for me was very much on where Marty would be on specific issues."

Arroyo agreed, "I have not had a conversation, I know Charlotte has not, I know John has not had a conversation with Mayor-elect Walsh about whether or not there would be employment for us particularly."

Despite the denial, FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti reports none of the candidates ever answered whether or not they'd refuse a job in the Walsh administration. That said, Walsh indicated the new team would grow and he plans to pull people from different sectors.

"We're going to put people on the committee that are the best for the job. We're going to be looking in the health care industry. We're going to be looking in the neighborhoods. We're going to be looking throughout to make sure out transition team reflects the city of Boston," said Walsh.

Walsh also met with business leaders and Mayor Tom Menino Friday. He said he has no plans to stop development in Boston and he's planning a series of town hall meetings to find out what people living in Boston want out of their government.

 

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