At-Large Councilman Don Bryant, City of Mansfield,Ohio Office: (419) 755-9680 E-Mail: email@example.com
COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 01/18/2015
Sounds of song and celebration rang from the halls of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Mansfield on Sunday night as the Mansfield community came together to celebrate the life and achievements of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The celebration was attended by local and regional dignitaries including At-Large City Councilman Don Bryant, Councilwoman Garnetta Pender, Mayor Timothy Theaker, Chief of Police Coontz, Lt. Chief Porch, NCSC President Diab Dorey, Mansfield City Schools Superintendent Brian Garverick and many more. The event was developed by the Ministerial Alliance with Dr. Cheryl Carter as the featured speaker.
Carter spoke to freedom and equality, a message that reached everyone's heart in the room that night.
"I am happy to attend the event. It was a joy to hear Dr. Carter's powerful words of encouragement tonight. " Bryant said.
The event was attended by hundreds and included several pieces of testimony from local pastors and an awards segment honoring a member of the youth community and a local volunteer and program director from the Hedges community.
Bryant meets with city law enforcement leaders 01/16/15
Councilman Bryant met with Mansfield Chief of Police, Kenneth Coontz and Assistant Chief, Keith Porch to express his commitment toward delivering quality services on behalf of the people of Mansfield. Bryant stressed transparency and accountability for departmental operations.
" I am thankful for the opportunity to meet with department leaders on such short notices. Both Chief Coontz and Assistant Chief Porch extended the invitation to call or visit anytime I or my colleagues have questions. These type of collaborative communications are critical toward efficient management of city resources." Bryant stated.
Bryant said he appreciated hearing Assistant Chief Porch's story, "He [Assist. Chief Porch] has actually been in law enforcement for nearly 21 years, with his career beginning at age 18. To have such opportunity at age 18 is pretty impressive."
Chief Coontz said he remembered Bryant when he was just an intern and that he is looking forward to working with him in Council.
Councilman Bryant is Chairman of the Safety Committee, which is the primary facilitator of legislation for the Mansfield Police and Fire Departments.
BRYANT TO CHAIR SAFETY AND AIRPORT COMMITTEES 01/15/15
Democrats met on Tuesday, January 13th to select governing council committees. The meeting was open to the public. Bryant was selected as Chairman of both the Airport and Safety Committees. "I am thrilled to chair both committees and will focus mostly on working together with my new colleagues to bring about a greater efficiency in government services." Bryant stated after the meeting.
Democrats also moved forward with Bryant's recommendation for Mansfield 3rd Ward Councilman, Jon Van Harlingen, to chair the finance committee.
Altogether, Democrats are preparing for what seems as an immediate battle to streamline city communications. Bryant echoed other democrats in the room saying, "things are not as open as they should be and I hope city administrators will consider our recommendations calling for more government transparency."
DEMS TO DECIDE COMMITTEES NEXT WEEK 01/09/15
Council Dems are scheduled to meet early next week to decide whether to shuffle committees. Councilman Bryant assumed chairmanship of both the Finance and Safety committees shortly after being sworn in. But, Bryant says he is prepared to serve on whichever committees he and his colleagues decide. "It's our jobs as councilmembers to advocate on the behalf of families and neighborhoods as direct representatives, and connect Mansfield residents to city resources and services. As Council at Large, all of the city committees are important and I will do my best to help hold the mayor and city leaders accountable," Bryant stated. The next city council meeting is January 20th at 7PM.
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