Regarding options to resolve the pension crisis, including leasing the water and sewer systems, Ingram said: “I would be the perfect person to keep your consultants honest.” He predicted a lease will raise water rates more than five percent every year.

Ingram said he would be a team player on council who seeks common ground to resolve issues. He said he will not run for a full-term in 2013 if he is appointed.

Ingram served on the city planning commission for three years. He recently was an unsuccessful candidate to be appointed Lehigh County executive.