Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced changes within his senior administration and the nomination of his fourth director since November, continuing the reorganization of City government as he charts the course for his first four-year term.
"I began the reorganization of City government with the appointment of our new City solicitor, Dan Regan, and the nominations of Judy Hill-Finnegan as director of personnel, and Rob Kaczorowski as director of public works," Ravenstahl said. "I am pleased to announce today that I will also be nominating Mike Radley as Citiparks director and making changes within my senior administration."
As the Mayor taps Radley, who has worked in Citiparks for 30 years having served as assistant director for the last 11, he will promote current Director Duane Ashley to serve as his director of operations.
"Both Mike and Duane are exceptional individuals who have spent their careers dedicating themselves to improving the quality of life for our residents," Ravenstahl said.
Ashley has worked for Citiparks for more than 30 years and has served as its director for the past 11 years. As operations director, Ashley will still oversee Citiparks in addition to the Departments of Public Works, Personnel, and the City's Information Systems.
"Since my days on City Council, I've been extremely impressed with Duane's love and passion for our City," Ravenstahl said. "He's the kind of guy who will overcome any hurdle to make sure that our children grow healthy with the best summer programs, parks, and sports facilities, and that our seniors are enriched with social activities. I am thrilled that Duane will be joining my administration in this role and I am delighted to give him the opportunity to improve our City in new and different ways."
"I am deeply honored that the Mayor would consider me for such an essential position," said Ashley. "For decades I have worked closely with our operational departments, and I am committed to bringing the same transformational approach that has served me well for more than 10 years. I also believe that the Mayor made the best possible choice for my replacement, and I look forward to continuing to work with Mike in our new roles."
Director Ashley will be replacing current Operations Director Art Victor effective January 1. Victor has served in the position since September of 2007.
"I am thankful to Art for the fine job he has done for my administration and for his service to the residents," Ravenstahl said.
"I want to thank the Mayor for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for more than two years," said Victor. "Having worked closely with Director Ashley and Assistant Director Radley, I believe that they are both exceptional choices."
Current Director of Public Affairs David White will assume Radley's position as assistant director.
"David has served my administration well and as the former Executive Director for the National Senior Olympics, he will be a perfect fit at Citiparks where he will be working with seniors and our youth," Ravenstahl said.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have been afforded and am excited to continue to serve the Mayor in this new capacity," said White.
Friday, December 18, 2009
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