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Detroit's Mayor-elect Duggan is 'On the Job'

November 6, 2013

By John Wisely, Detroit Free Press

Detroit's Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan said this morning he's committed to keeping his campaign promise to improve public safety.

"My first priority is cut the police response time," Duggan told the Free Press this morning. "If you don't feel safe in this community, people don't want to live here and don't want to open a business here."

Duggan said he plans to draw on his experience at the Detroit Medical Center, where he reduced the time it takes to see an emergency room doctor from almost three hours to 29 minutes.

"We took apart every piece of the process," Duggan said.

Duggan, speaking with a scratchy voice, said Detroiters should know "I was up at 6 a.m. and on the job and it's probably going to be that way for a while."

Duggan said he'd been on the phone most of the morning, speaking with Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Dave Bing, members of the city council and state legislators. He'd spoken to emergency manager Kevyn Orr last night and plans to meet with him in coming days to discuss finances.

"He's said all along that he wants to end his tenure as quickly as possible and we're going to get together to talk through a plan to do that," Duggan said, speaking of Orr. "Everything starts with building a constructive relationship with the governor and the emergency manager. And that's going to be my focus over the next couple of weeks.

Duggan wasn't surprised that the race tightened in the closing days.

"The Napoleon campaign was running and excellent campaign in the last few weeks and I think my campaign responded well," he said.

Original headline: Mayor-elect Mike Duggan 'on the job' speaking with state, city officials

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