Mayor discusses Chief Search, Jersey Mike's and new technology partnership

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South Bend Police Chief Search

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he will choose the next chief of police by the end of the year, and he says all of the candidates were appropriately chosen.

“I have a lot of confidence in the process,” he says. “We did this right. We had a much more professional way of approaching the police search process.”

He cites the professional committees, assembled with law professors and other community experts, as an integral part of the process.

College Football Hall of Fame and Jersey Mike’s

As the College Football Hall of Fame leaves South Bend, the building’s other tenant hesitates to vacate the premises.

Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop has been in the building for years and has a lease through the end of 2015.

Mayor Buttigieg says it’s a difficult legal situation that the city is working to resolve.

“I do hope we get a solution where everyone can get their sandwiches, and we have a good business future downtown,” he says.

Chase Tower Future

The Mayor also addressed the future of Chase Tower, saying the company that controls the price “needs to face reality.”

“They’re going to lose some money, and the city can’t bail them out,” he says.

He says his office is anxious to sell the building and push the sales process along. However Huntington National Bank controls that property.

Buttigieg says his office has been in contact with interested buyers, but it is the bank’s decision.

Code for America

Mayor Buttigieg will announce a new partnership called “Code for America,” aimed at sparking technological innovation in the city.

“You’ve heard of Teach for America,” he says. “Think of that, but with computer programmers.”

The city has won a fellowship to bring three of the country’s top programmers to South Bend, helping the city move forward technologically.

More details will be announced Thursday.

Mayor’s Night Out
In the final weeks of 2012, Mayor Buttigieg says one of the best innovations of his administration has been his monthly Mayor’s Night Out, in which city residents can speak to him and other city department officials one-on-one.

“It’s about transparency,” he says.

He says they’ve seen more than 200 citizens at these events this year.

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