Reichert looks ahead to Macon-Bibb’s first challenges | Politics |


Reichert looks ahead to Macon-Bibb’s first challenges | Politics |

Robert Reichert’s two years of near constant campaigning, first for Macon-Bibb County consolidation and then to become mayor of the new government, ended Tuesday with his mayoral runoff win.

Now, he says, the real work begins.

Mayor of Macon since 2007, Reichert took 63 percent of the runoff vote against former Mayor C. Jack Ellis to become countywide mayor. He will take office along with nine commissioners in the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government that launches in January.

“Between now and the first of the year there is a lot to do as far as bringing the commissioners-elect up to speed with everything that the transition task force has done, is doing and is recommending be done,” Reichert said Friday.

The task force, set up by the state-approved consolidation charter that voters ratified in July 2012, has worked for months on knitting together Macon and Bibb County. The only one of the task force’s 15 members to win a seat on the new government in this year’s elections, Reichert has asked Laura Mathis, deputy director of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, to schedule at least five meetings for the new commission before the end of the year. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation also has offered to pay for a two-day working retreat, Reichert said.

“I think that the biggest challenge we’re going to have is to immediately begin to operate with the consolidated budget,” he said. Cranking out the first payroll checks for nearly 2,000 employees will be “the first crucial test,” a few days into the new government, Reichert said.

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