Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman starting St. Petersburg changes

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Video: Rick Kriseman defeats incumbent Mayor Bill Foster in St. Petersburg election

Rick Kriseman speaks after being elected mayor of St. Petersburg



St. Petersburg, Florida -- On Wednesday, Rick Kriseman announced a pair of people who will lead a change to his way of doing business at St. Pete's City Hall.

Kriseman is now St. Petersburg's mayor-elect after toppling one-term mayor Bill Foster by a considerable 12-percent margin.

They spent a small fortune battling each other, but Kriseman said in his first post-election news conference Wednesday that he and Foster have already talked about working together.

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There's plenty now on his plate. Kriseman has to pick a police chief to replace Chuck Harmon, who retires in January, plus take on issues where Kriseman criticized Foster heavily: the future of the Rays and the Pier.

Kriseman announced his transition team on Wednesday morning.

His co-chairs are author and scholar Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, and -- in a move that could play a role in how Kriseman handles the future of the Pier -- an architect, Andrew Hayes.

That team may have to replace several of the top people at City Hall. Many of them were hired by former mayor Rick Baker and stayed on through Foster.

They may be shown the door or leave on their own.

This is the first time in 26 years that the mayor of a major Tampa Bay city has been voted out after only one term.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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