Delmonize Smith, commissioner of the city’s department of business and neighborhood development, will be leaving the job after less than one year to take a post in academia, city officials stated.
Smith had also been head of the city’s newly-created Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives.
According to officials, Mayor Lovely Warren has appointed current Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Washington as head of the department on an interim basis.
Warren released the following statement regarding the matter:
“Kate Washington is a proven leader in NBD, and I have the highest confidence in her ability to lead this important city department during this transition. NBD has always operated as a team, and I know under Kate’s guidance, that team will continue to effectively work for more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better schools for our city.
“I am grateful for Del Smith’s service as commissioner of NBD. As a parent, I fully understand the importance of being closer to family. I respect Del’s decision to accept an opportunity that allows him to follow his passion in academia, while also being closer to his family. I wish him the best as he embarks on this new endeavor.”
According to officials, Warren has been holding conversations with potential candidates for the position, and expects to make an announcement within the coming weeks.
In addition, City Council must confirm the appointment, officials said.
The location of Smith’s new appointment has not yet been released.