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Coppola takes reins as Port Orchard’s mayor

Newly instated Mayor Lary Coppola began his tenure at Port Orchard’s City Hall by giving every employee an “Easy” button from Staples.

The large, red button when pressed says, “That was easy,” and is supposed to represent the idea that the residents of Port Orchard are customers. Coppola said he wants this attitude reflected in City Hall.

In his first few days of office, he has been met with department heads and employees, and yesterday he met for a day-long session with the city council.

The council heard presentations from each department in City Hall, and then discussed some reorganization ideas for the various council committees.

Coppola wants to minimize the number of meetings required of the council members and weed out redundant committees that oversee things that overlap with other projects.

“We’re going to streamline it so we don’t have as many meetings or conflicting information,” he said.

Before the meeting, Coppola collected ideas and agendas from each of the council members, and the meeting will close with an open discussion session.

Coppola noted that those collected ideas are all very similar.

Wednesday: Coppola and City Council met Friday to discuss their ideas and goals.

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