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Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor

Ryan Loyd
TPR News

As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.

"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.

One of his focus areas is the budget. Although he has dealt with the council for 20 years as a chamber executive, he admits he's got a lot to learn about the budget process. Krier said he wants to play a thoughtful role in making sure his constituents and the residents of San Antonio end up with a basic-services budget.

"When you're on the inside of council, you certainly get a different perspective and you get a very different access to data and information and financial projections about the city's finances today and during the next five years," Krier said. "And although we're working on a budget for 2015, the decisions we make will have an impact beyond just next year."

In what he's looking for in a candidate to fill Julián Castro's old job, Krier said he wants someone who will be a good steward of the position until next May, which is when Castro's term will officially expire.

He has been in talks with his colleagues interested to gauge how they would lead if put in that position. Until then, he said he doesn't know who he's going to support yet.

"I'm waiting to see who all the candidates will be that are going to submit a letter of intent and then of course I'm waiting to see what they have to say to me and our colleagues before we vote," said Krier.

Any council member wishing to be considered for the job must submit a letter to the city clerk by Wednesday.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.