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D. Michael Collins takes Oath of Office

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It's a new year and 2014 is bringing changes to the 22nd floor.

"I now have the distinct pleasure of introducing, Mayor D. Michael Collins," Judge Ruth Ann Franks said as she administered the oath.

D. Michael Collins is the new mayor of the city of Toledo.

"We must unite as a community and put any of our differences behind us and focus only on the future," Mayor Collins told the crowd at Government Center Thursday.

He talked about a new beginning in Toledo and making good on promises he made on the campaign trail.

First order of business, the Northwest District Police Station.

"I made that promise to the community in west Toledo and I'm going to keep that promise," Collins said.

The plan is to send personnel to the building along Sylvania avenue Friday after the new police chief is sworn in.

Collins wants them to assess the building and find out what needs to be done to open the doors again.

"Our first and foremost responsibility is public safety," Collins said.  "I think we can spare a person or two to tell us what the mechanical conditions of the building is."

Another issue heavy on the new mayor's mind is the incoming weather.

Collins says he has concerns about the frigid temperatures and the mounting snow.

He maintains he'll do whatever it takes to ensure people in Toledo are safe.

"If it's overtime, it's overtime," he said.  I have all the confidence in the world in director Franklin and all of the commissioners."


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