Dem­ings’ tran­si­tion team ‘build­ing a com­mu­nity that works for ev­ery­one’

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - LOCAL & STATE - By Stephen Hu­dak Or­lando Sen­tinel By Tess Sheets Or­lando Sen­tinel Tess Sheets can be reached at [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com or 407-420-5020. Twit­ter: @sheet­s_t­ess

Orange County Mayor-elect Jerry Dem­ings ex­pects to re­ceive a fi­nal re­port from his ap­pointed tran­si­tion team this week that out­lines pro­posed changes in county gov­ern­ment to ad­dress key is­sues his ad­min­is­tra­tion likely will face over the next four years.

A 62-page draft of the re­port shows Dem­ings’ hand-picked panel of 37 busi­ness, com­mu­nity and ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers di­vided into four smaller groups, each fo­cused on spe­cific ar­eas. One stud­ied tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. An­other ex­am­ined con­sumer ser­vices and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. A third looked at sus­tain­abil­ity and smart growth. Yet an­other ex­plored a cat­e­gory iden­ti­fied as “build­ing a com­mu­nity that works for ev­ery­one.”

“The work they’ve done is noth­ing short of ex­tra­or­di­nary,” Dem­ings said af­ter the team’s fi­nal meet­ing Fri­day at the county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

Orange County sher­iff for eight years, Dem­ings, 59, takes the oath of of­fice Dec. 4 and will be­come the first African-Amer­i­can to lead Cen­tral Florida’s largest gov­ern­ment.

“The ul­ti­mate goal I had in mind was for them to take a close look at Orange County gov­ern­ment and de­ter­mine whether the cur­rent or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture was suf­fi­cient to pro­vide qual­ity ser­vice to the cit­i­zens of Orange County and, if not, to make rec­om­men­da­tions where we might be able to tweak that struc­ture,” Dem­ings said. “I think that’s what they did.”

The tran­si­tion team was led by co-chairs Linda Chapin, the first elected chair­man/mayor of Orange County, and Harold Mills, a Har­vard Busi­ness School grad­u­ate and a 2017 fi­nal­ist for the Or­lando Sen­tinel’s Cen­tral Florid­ian of the Year.

Chapin said the new mayor wants more col­lab­o­ra­tion and strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships with other cities and neigh­bor­ing coun­ties, which should ben­e­fit the re­gion.

“He’s got a pretty good idea of

Two women were in­jured late Fri­day af­ter a man who deputies said ar­ranged to pur­chase shoes from one woman at­tempted to rob her, then shot her and an­other woman who walked out­side when she heard a fight.

The shoot­ing was re­ported in the 9000 block of 6th Street about 10 p.m.

Af­ter fir­ing at the women, deputies said the man then drove away in a car about 10 feet be­fore crash­ing, and tried to car­jack a third woman, but couldn’t.

In­stead, he grabbed an­other woman’s bi­cy­cle from her and rode off, deputies said. While flee­ing down 4th Street, the man saw a car that was left run­ning while its owner opened his gate. The man hopped in the car and drove off, ac­cord­ing to deputies.

Osce­ola County deputies lo­cated a sus­pect who was iden­ti­fied by one vic­tim as the man who stole their car.

The women shot were taken to a hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­jures, deputies said.

to be, we take a lit­tle time to learn about each other as well.”

Back on the City Hall steps, Teu­ruhei Buchin and her chil­dren held the flags front of the Dr. of South Pa­cific is­lands as they waited to take a stage. Buchin, of Or­lando, wore a tra­di­tional ki­hei, a Hawai­ian dress with fab­ric strapped over one shoul­der. She said her out­fit rep­re­sents an­cient Hawaii, while her daugh­ter’s grass skirt and Hawai­ian state

flag rep­re­sents a more modern ver­sion of the is­land.

“Or­lando’s a melt­ing pot of dif­fer­ent cul­tures,” Buchin said. “For us, [the event is] re­ally im­por­tant be­cause, not only does it cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity that we have of other cul­tures, but we can be able to be our­selves at this point too and rep­re­sent where we come from.”

OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL STAFF FILE PHOTO

Orange County Sher­iff Jerry Dem­ings hugs fam­ily mem­bers Aug. 28 af­ter be­ing elected Mayor of Orange County in a land slide vic­tory. Dem­ings, 59, who was Orange County sher­iff for eight years, will be the county’s first African Amer­i­can mayor.

STEPHEN M. DOW­ELL/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

Flags are waved dur­ing Fu­sionFest on Satur­day in two-day cel­e­bra­tion of cul­tural in­clu­sion. Phillips Cen­ter in down­town Or­lando. Fu­sionFest is a

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