Jerome's Mayor-Elect Plans For Future

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The vote counting is all over, and now it's time to get ready for the real work.

The City of Jerome will have a new mayor beginning next year, and here's how he hopes to improve Jerome's future.

David Davis makes it plain. He doesn't want to be a bull in a china shop when he takes over as Jerome mayor in January. Davis wants to make sure the city does things properly. Heplans to rely on his own experiences, as well as the counsel of other people, to make good decisions.

Jerome Mayor-Elect David Davis says, "I want to see counseling with the council members, as well as with the staff and the citizens, to help us better in our decisionmaking for the city."

Davis looked at Jerome's budget for the last five years. He noticed a 63 percent increase in true operating expenses.
Davis points out the municipal cost index supports a 20 percent increase, which is why he wants to get the city's expenditures under control.

Former Jerome Mayor Gerald Ostler says, "That is very true. Mayor is not an easy job. It's one that gets a considerable amount of criticism. But I would have to say as well that the mayor does get some accolades at times when he does something right."

Ostler would know. He was mayor of Jerome for eight years beginning in the early 1990s. Davis wants to connect with current Jerome Mayor John Shine to get up to speed on the things facing Jerome.

Davis says, "As well as I hope to be able to meet with some if not all of the department heads prior to January. And just get to know the ones I don't know, and understand what their responsibilities are."

That's the first step in laying the foundation for Jerome's successful future.

November 6, 2013.


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