Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti officially began efforts to build his mayoral office this week, choosing a former chief of staff as his transition director and introducing a website to solicit ideas from the public and applications for staff positions and commission appointments.
Garcetti has a month to pick his administration team before assuming the mayor’s office July 1.
“We’re running a focused transition to ensure we hit the ground running on day one with an agenda to create jobs and solve problems for L.A. residents,” Garcetti said.
He said an important component to his transition will be spending time between now and his inauguration meeting with Angelenos in their communities to hear their questions and concerns face-to-face. The first of several scheduled community meeting took place last night at the PUENTE Learning Center in Boyle Heights. He is meeting with “Angelenos to identify the best solutions to improve our economy, make City Hall work better and strengthen our neighborhoods,” according to the meeting announcement.
Garcetti will also begin filling positions on about 50 city commissions, and once in office, he will review applications for city department head positions – requiring current managers to re-apply for their jobs, according to Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb.
Garcetti’s administration could have the “first true” chief technology officer, Robb said.
Garcetti has also begun developing a coordinator position for a new Veterans’ Affairs Office, he said.
The City Council recently approved motions by Garcetti to transfer almost $500,000 from his 13th District council office to open mayoral offices handling veteran, immigration and entertainment industry affairs.
Rich Llewellyn, who will be unpaid, is leading the transition effort, according to Robb.
Llewellyn is the chief of staff for Councilman Paul Koretz and was a member of Garcetti’s mayoral campaign staff, as well as a longtime adviser to Garcetti.
“Rich understands my priorities and has the experience and expertise to help me assemble an administration that is ready for action,” Garcetti said.
Llewellyn, an attorney, also is a former chief of staff in Garcetti’s council office and was a special counsel for District Attorney Gil Garcetti, the mayor-elect’s father.
“I will get City Hall back to basics so that all of our neighborhoods are places where families thrive and businesses succeed,” Garcetti said. “I know first-hand that the best government is one that partners with the people. I want your help and your ideas.”
Garcetti will also be forming a committee to raise money for the transition, according to Robb.
The transition website is at http://transition.lacity.org.