Public Works Commissioner Promoted to Deputy Mayor

Board of Public Works Commissioner Sharon H. Morris is being promoted to deputy mayor to fill the job of Rae James, who is leaving the Riordan Administration to work at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, officials announced Thursday.

A native Angeleno, Morris has worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Southern California Gas Company, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city's chief legislative analyst. As one of three deputy mayors in the office, she will oversee housing, planning, transportation, redevelopment, community development, building and safety and environmental affairs projects.

"I'm delighted to welcome Sharon to my staff. Her breadth of experience . . . will be an asset to my team," Mayor Richard Riordan said in a statement.

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