Emanuel names former IDOT manager to succeed Sandi Jackson

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that he has appointed a former Illinois Department of Transportation special projects manager to replace Sandi Jackson as 7th Ward alderman.

Natashia Holmes left IDOT in 2012 and recently worked as a project manager for Metro Strategies Inc. In late 2011, she received her law degree from Kent College of Law and plans to sit for the bar exam this month, according to her aldermanic application.

Metro Strategies is a Glen Ellyn-based planning, policy and public affairs firm that works with governments, businesses and non-profit organizations. It handled public outreach for the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, according to company’s Web site.

When she left IDOT, Holmes was being paid nearly $83,000 a year. Before working for IDOT, Holmes, 37, was the senior transportation associate for the Metropolitan Planning Council. She started her career as a transportation planning liaison for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.

In all, the city received 65 applications for the post held by Jackson, who last month resigned as her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., struggled with mental illness and a federal investigation that led to his resignation last year.

Jackson recently told supporters that Emanuel would name someone she picked to replace her, but both of the candidates she mentioned were tossed from consideration because they did not live in the 7th Ward.

The City Council Rules Committee is set to consider the appointment on Wednesday. If approved as expected, the full council will vote later that same day. The job pays $114,913.

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