During the campaign, Soglin cited the manner in which Cieslewicz cut the city's bicycle-pedestrian safety coordinator as an example of poor management. Now one of his first moves as mayor will be to restore that position, long held by Arthur Ross.
Mayor Cieslewicz cut funding for Ross' job in the 2011 budget, with the position set to end mid-year. But on Tuesday, at his first Common Council meeting after being sworn in, Soglin introduced a budget amendment to save this position. Soglin says the move is to protect "the integrity of the personnel system."
Ross is understandably pleased: "I was hoping something like this would happen."
The amendment must yet be approved by the Common Council.