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Tergin talks priorities for mayoral office

April 12, 2015 at 5:20 a.m. | Updated April 12, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.

Carrie Tergin will be sworn in as Jefferson City's next mayor on April 20.

When she gets into office, Tergin plans to start by working closely with the City Council and staff to begin forming a vision for the community, as well as begin reaching out to area organizations.

"I can't wait to get in City Hall and get to work," Tergin said.

One of the things Tergin campaigned on was building partnerships. She said she wants to reach out to business groups and leaders, community groups, the state, the county, the schools and Lincoln University to figure out the best way to work together.

"Together, we can be so strong," Tergin said.

Throughout the campaign, Tergin said she wanted to create a Lincoln University student liaison to the council to increase communication between the two groups.

Another priority for Tergin is the mayor's physical office in City Hall. Tergin said she wants to make that a place for the public to use, where they can see what ideas and projects are being discussed.

"It's very important to me that the people know what's going on at the city level, to know what our vision is as we're working toward that vision, so that they can have input," Tergin said.

She described the use of "vision boards" to allow people to see what officials are working toward as they are being discussed, by having them cover the walls of the office. Tergin said she'd need to check with staff about security requirements, but she'd like for that office to always be open to the public, whether she's there or not.

"I don't see any reason why that door would ever be closed," Tergin said. "I want it to be a place where people can come. ... I truly believe that that is going to be the people's office."

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