Buffalo City Councilman Stan Lakin took office in January, aware of what he was stepping into and ready to contribute however he could.
A former coach and current teacher at Buffalo High School, Lakin found he had more time on his hands now that he isn't coaching any longer, and decided to serve the community he has been a part of for almost 30 years.
Lakin said he hadn't seriously considered running for political office, until the question was aked of him by friends and colleages. He feels his experience and background prepared him for where he is now.
Lakin said he hasn't been surprised by what the job is about and has come in trying to bring a fresh perspective on the issues. He said he has no plans for a political career at this point, but he is keeping his options open.
As far as what he wants to accomplish while in office, he said he would like to see the city continue upgading its infrastructure and continue with a good plan for the city. Maintaining what we have is also important, he said.
Relationships with city employees is, in his mind, vital, and he commended the city staff for their hard work. He would like to see the chain of command observed and followed to continue good relationships between city employees, the council and the public.
Lakin wants to see more cooperation between the governmental agencies in Buffalo, and he said so far he sees that happening, and it must continue for the greater good.