Goldsmith Departs Bloomberg Admin (Updated)
Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has resigned his post as deputy mayor of operations with the Bloomberg administration, a job he has held for just over a year.
Goldsmith, who replaced former Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler last May, will be replaced by Caswell Holloway, who once served as Skyler’s chief of staff and has been Department of Environmental Protection commissioner since 2010.
According to a press release, Goldsmith – also a Harvard University management guru, is leaving to pursue “private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance.”
Tapping Goldsmith, who had never before lived in NYC and was not a member of Bloomberg’s inner circle, was an unusual move for the mayor. He liked to promote from within for bullpen jobs – particularly one like this, which basically requires whoever holds it to run the day-to-day operations of the city.
UPDATE: A NYC lawmaker observes that Bloomberg went outside his comfort zone for appointments twice during the third term, and both times he failed: First with ex-NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, replaced by an inner-circle member, former Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott; and now with Goldsmith.
Goldsmith had a major setback early in his tenure during the Christmas blizzard, bearing the brunt of the blame for the botched clean-up operation. (As it turned out, this was not the first time Goldsmith was brought low by a snowstorm).
Below you’ll find Goldsmith’s statement, in which he references the fact that Holloway “has developed a career in New York.” That reads to me like an acknowledgment that he never really got the hang of working in the Big Apple, with all its odd political quirks, tribes, and long-simmering feuds.
“This week, I informed the Mayor of my decision to resign my job as Deputy Mayor of Operations. This job has been a special opportunity to contribute to the City of New York and further the substantial accomplishments of Mayor Bloomberg.”
“I am proud of the work we have done over the last year to pass an aggressive budget, and put in place the foundation and plans for dozens of initiatives and best practices that will dramatically further customer service and cost savings in the City. Over the last month, I received important overtures in an area with which I have long been associated – infrastructure finance.”
“After thirty years of long hours in public service, the change will provide me, at age 64, with more flexibility for me and my family and a secure foundation for our future. In addition, I intend to continue my academic work and the school year is about to start.”
“Now that we have the ball rolling on our initiatives, I am comfortable that the person taking over for me will do an exceptional job moving things forward. Cas is not just a colleague, but a friend and a person who I trust to take over for me, and whose talents are among the most exceptional I have seen in my public career. He has developed a career in New York, and will accelerate the agenda and build on the progress we have made.”
“It has been a unique honor to be part of the high performing Bloomberg team. City Hall and the agencies are truly alive with the spirit of service and innovation.
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