Outgoing Elkhart mayor reflects on tenure, mayor-elect assembling team to take power

Mayor-elect Tim Neese, left, is picking a team as he prepares to take office on Jan. 1, 2016. Outgoing Mayor Dick Moore, right, is winding down his stint at City Hall. By Tim Vandenack

Mayor-elect Tim Neese, left, is picking a team as he prepares to take office on Jan. 1, 2016. Outgoing Mayor Dick Moore, right, is winding down his time at City Hall. By Tim Vandenack

Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015

The election is more than a month old, but politics are hardly in the rear-view mirror.

Outgoing Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat, is winding down as the city’s chief executive, soaking in accolades here and there. Meanwhile, Mayor-elect Tim Neese, a Republican who defeated Moore in voting last month, is prepping to take office, selecting his team.

Here are some stories reflecting on Moore’s two terms:

Here’s a story looking at the City Hall staffers Neese will be keeping and replacing (including police chief):

It’s not over. I finished a story today on plans to rename a new overpass crossing a railroad line after Moore — the Richard Moore Express Overpass — a parting gift from the Elkhart City Council. It should appear online Thursday morning. I also prepared a short article on the plans of the outgoing police chief, who will remain in the department, also to come out (I think) Thursday morning.

I received a press release Tuesday from a candidate who’s challenging the incumbent in an Indiana House seat in Elkhart County next year. The political fun never ends.

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