Fischer gets to work after day of inaugural celebrations


by Kelsey Starks

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 4 at 7:22 PM

Do you think Mayor Greg Fischer’s inauguration was too extravagant?

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Tuesday marked the first day of work for Louisville’s new mayor, Greg Fischer.  He started bright and early on the job at Metro Hall after a party that lasted well into Monday night.


The 50th Mayor of Louisville arrived to work before 8am after a quick stop at Heine Brothers Coffee.  He says his first order of business is to simply, get to work.


“I think part of my job is to fan the flame of compassion to bigger heights…for all of us,” said Mayor Fischer in his first news conference as mayor.


He signed his first executive order declaring this Saturday, January 8th as a “Day of Service”, with the help of Metro United Way.


Sixty-four projects will be completed by volunteers.  They are still looking for more volunteers to help.  He says it’s the first of many similar projects throughout the city.


It comes after a full-on volunteer effort of inauguration events yesterday.  After a formal swearing in, the party went from a parade during the day to dinner and dancing well into the night; from pomp and circumstance Monday to real orders of business Tuesday.


Mayor Fischer announced Margaret Handmaker as an interim Chief of Economic and International Development and Tony Peyton as Director of Policy.


“I’m on a honeymoon now,” says Mayor Fischer.  “It’s only the second day.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.”


The workload includes hiring a slew of new department heads in his administration.  Top spots still to be filled include a Chief for Performance Improvement, head of an Office for International Affairs, a Director of Public Health and Safety, Director of Metro Animal Services, a Director for Innovation and a Director of Sustainability.


Tuesday’s agenda also included meeting with senior representatives of an aging-care company considering moving its headquarters to Louisville.  He also visited with citizens and city employees at the new Portland fire station, the Southwest Government Center and the Public Works snow and ice staging area off Hubbard’s Lane.  


For more information on the “Day of Service” and how you can volunteer, visit