Freeman-Wilson names new interim chief of staff

2013-10-13T16:53:00Z Freeman-Wilson names new interim chief of staffChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has named an interim chief of staff, following B.R. Lane's departure to direct the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Richard Leverett, who has worked as a city attorney and deputy chief of staff, was named to the post. Leverett will make $99,000 in the position, according to Chelsea Whittington, city spokeswoman.

“The qualities I looked for was his involvement in many aspects of City Hall operations, and he was very involved in renegotiating our insurance contract,” Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. “He has been very involved in many aspects of the legal work that goes on with City Hall.”

Freeman-Wilson said the position is interim for now and depends on how things roll out at the airport and whether there's a long-term role for Lane there.

Freeman-Wilson said the city will know more as the exploration of a public-private partnership for the airport continues.

Leverett came to the city in 2012 as part of Freeman-Wilson's transition team and worked as an assistant city attorney of policy and commerce and deputy chief of staff.

Leverett said he sees his role as being a point person on city operations and making sure departments are running as efficiently as possible.

The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority hired Lane in September as interim airport director on a 7-0 vote.

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