Staff turnover in Walsh administration

September 8, 2017
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Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Staff Daniel Koh has left his role with the City of Boston and has been replaced by David Sweeney, according to a press release.

Sweeney has served as chief financial officer (CFO) and collector-treasurer for the City of Boston since April 2014.

According to media reports, Koh is leaving his role as chief of staff to move back to his hometown of Andover in order to run for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’ open seat.

“Dan Koh has provided unwavering service to the City of Boston for almost four years,” said Mayor Walsh, according to the press release. “From his dedication to improving education, housing, and job opportunities for the residents of Boston to making government more innovative and efficient through data-driven practices, such as CityScore, Dan is a proven leader with a big vision and a passion for making people’s lives better. The City of Boston has benefited greatly from his work and I thank him for his dedication and support.”

Mayor Walsh continued, “David Sweeney has served as an integral part of my administration from day one. He is a thoughtful, no-nonsense manager who is focused on implementing initiatives that will move Boston and its neighborhoods forward. It’s because of his successful oversight of the city’s finances that we are able to invest in our priorities from Imagine Boston 2030 and our long-term plans, and I am very confident in his ability to manage the day-to-day execution of city government while also setting the foundation to meet our long-term goals.”

Sweeney, in his new position as chief of staff, will assist in implementing the mayor’s priorities, ensure effectiveness of city services, and support 18,000 employees doing their jobs at the City of Boston. In his current role as CFO, Sweeney is responsible for the City’s financial management and a member of the Mayor’s cabinet. The CFO oversees personnel and labor functions for the City, including Human Resources, Labor Relations, Treasury, Assessing, Auditing, Budget, Purchasing and the Boston Retirement Board.

“I am thankful to Mayor Walsh for this great opportunity and for allowing me to continue to have a role in realizing the vision the Mayor has identified to ensure Boston’s future success,” Sweeney said, according to the press release. “I look forward to bringing the same focus of efficiency and accountability that has been applied to the Mayor’s management of city finances to the role of chief of staff, and implementing the priorities that will benefit Boston and its neighborhoods.”

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