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Filner Makes Transition From Congress To San Diego City Hall

Aired 11/21/12 on KPBS News.

Mayor-elect Bob Filner has a busy few weeks ahead. He is still serving in Congress while preparing to lead San Diego.

— Mayor-elect Bob Filner said he’s spending his time in San Diego now, trying to get his administration together. He said he has hundred of positions to fill, though many people will carry over from the previous administration.

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Mayor Bob Filner the day after the November 2012 election.

Filner has already named a new chief of staff: Vince Hall, vice president for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Filner has also said he will keep the city's public safety chiefs and today announced current Chief Operating Office Jay Goldstone will stay on until someone new is chosen.

"It is critically important that the daily operations of our city be guided by a seasoned public administrator with the skills and expertise of a veteran municipal manager,'' Filner said. "Jay Goldstone has served our city well and, though he has decided not to continue in this role in the long term, I am deeply appreciative of his willingness to join my administration as interim chief operating officer until a permanent successor is named.''

As for his business in Congress? Filner said he’ll fly back east to vote if he’s needed.

"I’m keeping close in touch with the fiscal cliff and all that. Certainly if they need my vote for anything I’ll be there," he said. "But most of the votes so far have been very mundane kinds of votes. They haven’t got to the meat yet."

Filner has to resign his Congressional seat on December 3, the same day he’s sworn in as mayor of San Diego.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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