Mayor-Elect Andy Berke Announces First Public Forum On Public Safety

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

City Mayor-elect Andy Berke announced Wednesday that he would be hosting an open forum focused on public safety on March 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the Tennessee Temple University McGilvray Gymnasium. 

“Our streets are too dangerous,” Mr. Berke said. “We must have a comprehensive plan to reduce the amount of crime in our community.”


This forum was announced as the first in a series of events focused on encouraging public input throughout Mr. Berke’s transition. There will be upcoming events centered on education and economic development.

“A central part of making us safer is community involvement. Whether it is through these meetings, neighborhood discussions, or a conversation on social media, our citizen’s ideas, concerns, and participation will be central to my administration,” Berke said.

Members of Mr. Berke’s transition team will be lending their experience and expertise to the public forums in a variety of ways – as panelists, participants, or facilitators.

Co-chairman of Mr. Berke’s transition team, Wade Hinton, said, “Members of the transition team are committed to improving their community, and we are excited to engage in this effort.”

Additional details about the remaining events will be released in the coming weeks.

Mayor-elect Berke will be participating in an “Ask-Andy” twitter hour on Wednesday, March 20, from 5–6 p.m. Participate by tweeting @AndyBerke or use #RenewSAFETY.


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