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Hodges nominates most department heads to stay on

Posted by: Maya Rao under Politics and government Updated: February 3, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Mayor Betsy Hodges is making few changes among City Hall department heads, announcing today that she would nominate six incumbents for consideration by the City Council.

Those nominations – which go before the Executive Committee -- are City Assessor Patrick Todd, City Attorney Susan Segal, Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel, Fire Chief John Fruetel, Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant, and Public Works Director Steve Kotke.

They will be subject to a public hearing and committee vote before  the panel forwards them to the full council later this month.

Heads of two of the top departments, however, will be leaving: Jeremy Hanson Willis, who led the Department of Community, Planning and Economic Development, and Paul Aasen, who was City Coordinator. Hodges said she is searching for their replacements.

“These department heads are critically important positions – my goal is to hire leaders who will help steer the work of CPED and the entire City enterprise toward my goals of growing the city, continuing to run it well and eliminating disparities between white people and people of color,” the mayor said in a statement.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Regulatory Services Director Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde are not up for consideration and will stay on.

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