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L.A. City Hall gains new appointees

August 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has chosen a new deputy mayor and chief of staff. His new chief of staff happens to be an ordained minister, with plenty of experience in dealing with community issues.Mayor Villaraigosa's appointments will help determine how the city of Los Angeles is run for the next four years.

The Rev. Jeff Carr will leave his position as the city's gang czar to become chief of staff. Jay Carson, who was an aide to both former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will take over a new position as chief deputy mayor.

There is a budget crisis, and what the mayor calls, "historic times."

"We need to think out of the box while at the same time, we need to find a new fire chief, a new police chief and balance this budget," says Mayor Villaraigosa.

Carr is an ordained minister who was tapped by the mayor to head the city's gang reduction efforts. He is given credit for making a difference. Carr has also been the head of successful non-profit organizations. He will now take over budget and finance, homeland security and public safety.

"I plan on bringing the same tenacity to helping the mayor execute his agenda to run the city. I think over the next four years, I can help him accomplish great things," says Carr.

He will team with Carson in his new position as chief deputy mayor, dealing with education and transportation.

"I couldn't be happier to be working as a part of this two-person leadership team with Jeff helping the mayor implement his agenda," says Carson.

Outgoing Chief of Staff Robin Kramer says she told the mayor six weeks ago that she was going to leave. She told Eyewtness News, "I need to grow my tomatoes and take care of my family and let the universe come to me for a change."

As the mayor indicates his second term, his second act will mean major changes. He could name a new fire chief as early as Friday. By the end of October, there will be a new chief of police.

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