August 13, 2009

Mayor Appoints Three New Cabinet Members

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Mayor Richard M. Daley today appointed three new members of his cabinet: Budget Director, Chief Procurement Officer and Commissioner of the Department of General Services.

The mayor also announced he is transferring responsibility for the City’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) program from the Department of Procurement Services to the Office of Compliance.

The appointees are:

  • Jamie Rhee as the City’s Chief Procurement Officer, where she will be in charge of the Department of Procurement Services which provides support for 44 city departments and oversees the procurement of more than $2 billion a year in goods and services.

    Rhee has most recently been a Deputy Chief of Staff in the mayor’s office serving as liaison to several key departments, including Procurement Services. Before that, she was general counsel for the O'Hare Modernization Program.

    She will be joined in the Department by Richard Butler, chief administrative officer at the Chicago Park District since 2004, who will serve as First Deputy.

    “I have asked her to continue to develop strategies to make the Department of Procurement Services more effective so that our residents can have confidence that the contracting system operates fairly and with integrity. In these difficult economic times, it’s more important than ever that we make sure the City’s purchasing power is being used in ways that best protect the taxpayers,” Daley said.
  • Judith Martinez as the new Commissioner of the Department of General Services, succeeding Michi Pena, who retired after five-and-a-half years as Commissioner and a career of almost 20 years with the City.

    She has served as the City’s First Deputy Procurement Officer since last year and shown herself to be a solid manager both with the City and the Park District, the Mayor said.

    “I have told her that the General Services Department’s job of managing the safe and efficient operation of all City facilities is critical to our ability to deliver services to our residents in the most cost-effective way possible,” he said. 
  • Eugene Munin as the City’s Budget Director, in which position he is in charge of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) and responsible for preparing and executing the City's annual budget.

    Since 2004, he has served as General Counsel at the CTA and before that for eight years he was the City’s Deputy Budget Director.

    OBM evaluates the efficiency and efficacy of all City operations and drives management reforms that improve the City's fiscal condition and increase taxpayer value.

    “There is no more critical position in city government right now and I am confident that Gene is the right person for the job,” Daley said. 

The mayor also announced that he is transferring oversight of the City’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) program from the Department of Procurement Services to the Office of Compliance, under the supervision of its Executive Director, Anthony Boswell.

“As you know, we are strongly committed to encouraging the development and growth of women and minority owned businesses and to making it easier for them to participate in City business,” Daley said.

The move is appropriate because, since the time it was established, the Office of Compliance has become an expert in analyzing, tracking and monitoring processes and making them more effective.

“I have made it clear to all today’s appointees that during these challenging times, we all need to work together to provide the services our people need, but in a way that our taxpayers can afford,” he said.