Boston Mayor Walsh begins to get team in place

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January 7, 2014, 7:03 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Marty Walsh arrived at his City Hall office on his first full day as Mayor of Boston with his new chief of staff, Daniel Koh, at his side - at the time, only one of two appointments to his cabinet.

By afternoon, Walsh had added six more.

Walsh named one of his closest political advisors, public relations expert Joyce Linehan, to be his Chief of Policy - a surprise since Linehan had insisted she would not join the administration. But when the offer was made, she said she couldn't resist.

"It's the opportunity at a time when municipalities are driving policy nation wide to work for a great Mayor on operationalizing his policies. It's just a great job. It's my dream job really," Linehan said.

Walsh named another close advisor, Joe Rull, to be his Director of Operations.

Rull was also a senior advisor on the campaign and the transition team. He was previously director of legislative affairs in the state's division of capital asset management.

Walsh said Rull would, "...be able to help me work across the lines as we look to re-organize and re-shuffle some of the different agencies in the city of Boston, he'll be helpful on that."

Chelsea state Representative Eugene O'Flaherty, a close friend of Walsh, has been appointed the City's Corporation Counsel. He has chaired the Judiciary committee under the past three speakers.

The other three appointments are Alejandra St. Guillen, appointed Interim Director of the office of New Bostonians; Keith Williams, Interim Director of the Office of Small Businesses; Trinh Nguyen, Interim Director of the Office of Jobs and Community Service.

After a busy morning of meetings, briefings, and other assorted decision making duties, Walsh conceded he was living in a new reality.

"Being a candidate and being in transition was a lot different than actually sitting at the desk," Walsh said.

As for that private, hand written letter that Mayor Menino left on his desk Monday, Walsh said, "I opened it, and I looked at it real quick today, trying to read it before I came in here, and I have to read it really clear, cause, the Mayor's writing is like mine."

Tags: Boston, Alison King, Marty Walsh, boston politics, Joyce Linehan, Joe Rull, Trinh Nguyen, Keith Williams, Alejandra St. Guillen, Gene O'Flaherty, Daniel Koh
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