Toms Begins Preparing to Take Over as Mayor of Warner Robins

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Updated: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:45:16 EST

Warner Robins Mayor Elect Randy Toms is beginning preparations to take office in January.

Fresh off his victory in Tuesday's runoff election Toms made the rounds at City Hall Thursday, thanking supporters and getting acquainted with city employees.

Toms will officially be sworn in next month and says he wants to begin his term by focusing on the completion of long standing city projects, most notably, the city sports complex.

"Mayor and council have done a lot of work over the last few years, but I just want to make sure that we come together ... and get them completed in the right time frame," Toms said.

Toms says he wants input from other city leaders to help shape a vision for the city and plans to meet with all members of the newly elected city council. Another important item on Toms' list of things to do is the pay scales for city employees, which he plans to analyze as soon as possible.

"My desire is to do what's best for the city and for the city employees and I think that goes hand in hand," Toms said.

Toms meeting with the newly elected council began with a talk with current Mayor and Post 1 Councilman Elect Chuck Shaheen.

Toms says he will look to Shaheen for advice, and both men say they look forward to the future and working with a group of city leaders loaded with experience.

"You'll have over 350 years of lifetime service to the city of Warner Robins so we really love our city," Shaheen said.

A long time gripe for Shaheen has been the town charter which he says gives council the ability to strip the mayor of his authority. While Toms acknoweldges the issue, he says he can work through it, and hopefully make amendments down the road.

"We are where we are and that's where we have to start from," Toms said.

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