Toledo mayoral candidate Wade Kapszukiewicz on Tuesday said he was naming a task force, including Oregon Administrator Mike Beazley, to help him consolidate city government with county agencies if he is elected.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz acknowledged he is seeking to have Mr. Beazley join him as chief of staff. Mr. Beazley, in addition to being a former Lucas County Democratic chairman, is former clerk of Toledo City Council and former Lucas County administrator.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz said consolidating city agencies could save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
Agencies that could be consolidated are building inspection, purchasing, payroll, information technology, human resources, and economic development, he said.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz, an unendorsed Democrat and the Lucas County treasurer, is one of four candidates in the mayoral primary set for Sept. 12. Early voting is already underway at the Lucas County Board of Elections’ Early Vote Center.
Also on the ballot are incumbent Mayor and endorsed Democrat Paula Hicks-Hudson, endorsed Republican city Councilman Tom Waniewski, and self-described “prophetess” Opal Covey.
Standing in Toledo’s Uptown neighborhood, at 12th and Adams streets with some broken asphalt road surface as a backdrop, Mr. Kapszukiewicz said his plan would free up resources for delivery of basic city services such as road repair and infrastructure improvements.
“Toledo city government needs to innovate, reform and adapt to a new set of realities. Consolidating redundant city and county departments is a common sense step to improve service and cut costs,” Mr. Kapszukiewicz said.
Rounding out the Consolidation Task Force named by Mr.Kapszukiewicz are financial adviser Rita Mansour and technology entrepreneur Will Lucas.
Mr. Beazley confirmed he has agreed to serve on the task force to examine ways of saving taxpayers money. He confirmed that Mr. Kapszukiewicz approached him about joining his administration, if he wins the Nov. 7 general election, but has made no commitments.
“I have a job I enjoy and lots of things are going on in Oregon that are important right now. I like my job and I don’t have any plans to leave,” Mr. Beazley said.