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City creates more Boston executive jobs

Posted on October 5, 2014

The city of Boston has secured a key hire for Boston executive jobs.

Jerome Smith, current Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services, will now be the Chief of Civic Engagement for the City of Boston.

The new position will create opportunities for Boston residents to participate with local government. Current Deputy Director Daniel R. Manning will assume the role of Chief of Staff for the Civic Engagement cabinet.

Smith will advise the Mayor on efforts to preserve and enhance the quality of services delivered to residents, including overseeing Mayor Walsh’s Civic Academies and NEW (Neighborhood Engagement Walks) Boston, developing neighborhood partnerships, resolving problems related to code enforcement, managing the Mayor’s 24-hour Constituent Service Hotline and Neighborhood Coordinators, and spearheading Mayor Walsh’s Problem Properties Task Force.

Previously, Smith managed the Neighborhood Coordinators, helping to facilitate the delivery of services in collaboration with City departments. Prior to joining the Walsh Administration, Smith served as Chief of Staff to Senate President Therese Murray, responsible for all aspects of management within the Massachusetts Senate.

“Jerome joined our administration in May, and in his role within Neighborhood Services, he has shown great leadership and creative thought in how we approach serving the public,” said Mayor Walsh. “Both Jerome and Dan have a broad understanding of how we impact every aspect of the lives of our residents. We have a great opportunity here to apply our innovation philosophy to the way we engage residents, and I’m excited to execute our shared vision.”

“One of the strongest messages from the Walsh administration has been that Boston is a City of neighborhoods, with each neighborhood presenting unique challenges and powerful assets to the table,” said Smith. “Supporting greater involvement in our communities will only serve to strengthen the fabric of Boston. I’m grateful to Mayor Walsh for this opportunity.”