By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express
---- — Knoxville Mayor-elect Brian Hatch says that the days since his election have been a whirlwind and he has more work to do to prepare to take the office.
Hatch’s agenda over the next several weeks, before January, when he is sworn in, includes taking some leadership classes and talking with City Manager Harold Stewart and Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik to learn more about things going on with the City, as well things expected to come early in the year.
Hatch has already been talking with council members, past and present, about running the meetings and seeking advice. When running the meetings, Hatch believes he will remain quiet for the most part. It’s his opinion that it is the role of the city council to discuss issues, but he will be happy to provide input if it is so requested.
Knoxville can expect him to ease in to the role of mayor slowly, as he becomes more acclimated to the position and city government. He is excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to assuming his new role.
“The City has been great,” Hatch said. Those involved have been helpful and supportive during his transition process, he added.
One aspect of Don Zoutte’s administration that will continue in 2014 is the Mayor’s Youth Council. Hatch said he intends to keep the council together and work with Knoxville’s youth. He believes that if the youth can take an active role in the City, it gives them a stake in the actions of the city government. With this experience, the youth might become more active in the community later in life, as adults.