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Mayor- elect D. Michael Collins announced the team that will lead his new administration.  It includes a new police chief  but the team also includes some familiar faces.

Mike Collins wants to mix the old and new, the experienced and the just learning, into his administration.

And in doing that, he is promising his people they will run their own departments.

Collins told 13abc's Bill Hormann that his instructions to his administrators is simple:  "You will be responsible for running your operation.  I am not going to come in and micro-manage you in any way, shape or form."

His Chief of Staff with be Bob Reinbolt, who held the same position under former mayor Carty Finkbeiner.

And there will be no deputy mayors, such as those working under Mayor Mike Bell.

Reinbolt says that leaves directors in charge.  "That's going to be a change from the past," he told 13abc.  "The directors will actually be in charge of their operations, making their hiring decisions, and I'll be there, shepparding it all through to make sure we're headed in the right direction."

Reinbolt and others will mentor their eventual replacements, also a change from other administrations.

Two important positions Collins has filled includ people who know their jobs well.

George Sarantou has been city council's finance chairman for 11-years; he's now Collins' budget director.

He says, "My goal is to make sure my department, the finance department, is working as efficiently as possible and that we have up to date information."

And business development will be handled by Matt Sapara, who has tackled several major development projects in the area.

Sapara says, "I think what i bring to the table is a host of transactional experience in being able to get things done and what I've been tasked with here at the Port Authority for the last 11-and-a-half years."

Collins says his hand-picked staff will be good for the city.

"We are going to have a leaner, less expensive government and we are going to do this with excellence," he insists.

Collins announced a cabinet of 14, Monday.  There will be no director of IT,  no director of human resources,  no deputy mayors  and some positions will be responsible for several roles.

Here is a list of the appointments Collins has announced for his administration:

Chief of Staff - Robert Reinbolt
Assistant Chief of Staff - Joel Mazur
Executive Assistant/PIO - Lisa Ward
Department of Finance - George Sarantou
Department of Inspection - Chris Zervos
Department of Business Development - Matt Sapara
Fire & Rescue - Luis Santiago
Department of Law - Adam Loukx
Department of Neighborhoods - Tom Kroma
Police Department - William Moton
Department of Public Service - William Franklin
Department of Public Utilities - Robin Whitney
Health Department - Dr. David Grossman
Plan Commission - Tom Lemon

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