April 17, 2008

Daley Appoints Richard Rodriguez to Commissioner of Aviation

Mayor Daley with Comm. Richard L. Rodriguez
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Mayor Richard M. Daley today named Richard L. Rodriguez Commissioner of the Department of Aviation.

Rodriguez has been serving as Commissioner of the Department of Buildings since June 2007 where he has successfully integrated the functions of the Buildings Department and the Department of Construction and Permits, saving the City nearly $2 million. He has also worked to streamline the permit fee process and improve the inspection process.

“Rich has proven to be a strong manager during his time at the Buildings Department and at DCAP, and I believe this type of experience and the results he has been able to generate will be a great asset to the Chicago Airport System,” said Mayor Daley.

Under Rodriguez, the Buildings Department reduced their heat inspection response time from 10 days to four days over the past year, increased the number of overall inspections and continued to improve the processing time for standard plan permits.

He has also continued the successful implementation of the Green Permit Program while promoting high quality construction standards as well as the conservation, rehabilitation and reuse of existing buildings.

“Chicago’s Airport System is one of the largest and busiest air transportation systems in the world. Our airports are a big part of our City’s economy and play a very important part in our role as a transportation hub,” said Mayor Daley.

“Because our Airport System connects Chicago to cities across the country and around the world, it is important that we maintain an efficient and well-managed system.”

Rodriguez served as the Executive Director of the Department of Construction and Permits from February 2006 to June of 2007. Under his tenure, the timeframe for permit issuance was reduced by nearly 40 percent in 2006, while the volume of permit applications reviewed by the department increased by 10 percent.

He has also previously served as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Real Estate and Planning in the Department of Aviation and Managing Director of Operations for the Chicago Housing Authority.