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Mayoral debate 2019

Lincoln City Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm listens to City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick answer a question during a mayoral candidate debate with three candidates in Hamann Auditorium on UNL's East Campus on Wednesday.

Candidate Cyndi Lamm has announced that as mayor she will conduct a top-to-bottom review of every city department to assure each department is properly staffed and working as efficiently as possible.

“I will look at every department to make sure we have the right employees doing the right work for the citizens of Lincoln,” said Lamm, a current City Council member. “Our government needs to match the priorities of the city.”

Lamm also said one of her goals will be to add 10 new police officers in her first year and more each year after that.

"To do this we will have to be fiscally responsible and efficient in each city department,” Lamm said in a news release. 

Lamm said she is certain she can find several positions that can be eliminated or downsized. Any force reduction would be done through attrition or reassignment to infill positions, she said.

Lamm pointed out the city has closed the quality-control lab and there is no longer a city technician overseeing the testing of concrete and asphalt. The testing, done by a private firm, is no longer reviewed by a city lab expert, she said. 

“I also know that we have needs currently unfilled, such as additional police officers, and I am concerned about quality- control oversight of our roads projects,” Lamm said.

“It is about the right priorities and people to do the job.”

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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