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Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins leaves for Harvard University, Tuesday.  He will spend three days at a special training session for newly elected mayors.

Collins wants to change the way Toledo city government operates and sees this training session as a tremendous opportunity.

Toledo Mayor-elect, D. Michael Collins, will attend a three-day training session for newly elected mayors at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Toledo Mayor-elect, D. Michael Collins, will attend a three-day training session for newly elected mayors at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

During this transition period, Mayor-elect Collins is getting all the advice he wants.   His transition team includes two former Toledo mayors and as a six-year councilman, Collins has a good sense of government, "but that doesn't put in a strong position to understand how these constituent needs are serviced and how do you deliver these services," he admits.

Collins knows there is more advice he needs.  So to learn more about how government funds operations, grows an economy,  engages in public safety and uses technology, Collins and about two-dozen newly elected mayors nationwide will head to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Collins told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann,  "Running the city you shouldn't be reinventing a wheel.  (We need to) look at best practices and see how they basically operate."

Collins has a sense of what he wants to do as mayor.   He will cut the number of directors from 9 to 7… let directors hire and manager their departments… ask for weekly written reports on their operations.

That sort of restructuring, and picking up some valuable advice from the Kennedy School, could serve Toledo.

Collins says, "We have to bring our government into the 21st century or it's not sustainable."

Mike Collins leaves for Harvard tomorrow and will be back Friday night.

As for naming his cabinet,  he expects that will be made official December 15th.

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