Jeff Fusco

photo of Akron Municipal Building
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron City Council will swear in five new members at its final meeting of 2019, which some officials say could spark some big changes.

Over the past few years, Monday night council meetings at times became a bit of a a battleground.

Sniping between members in at least one instance became an angry altercation, all while the public meetings are streamed live online.

Horrigan speaking after his swearing in
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

  Akron officially has a new mayor, one described by everyone from his predecessors to his daughters as ready to face the challenges of a city that’s not done remaking itself. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from this morning’s inauguration of Dan Horrigan.

On one hand, Horrigan says Monday morning will be all about the mundane: assigning parking spots and computer passwords and attending meetings and more meetings.

Jeff Fusco
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco is transitioning back to City Council next month, but he will not be resuming his role as council president. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

Mayor Fusco has been on-and-off City Council for 30 years, including a stints as council vice president in the mid-90s. Last summer, he was council president for 10 days before becoming mayor following the resignation of Garry Moneypenny.