Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh announces transition co-chairs; will hold series of town hall meetings to listen to community concerns

Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh today announced the six co-chairs of his transition team and said he would hold a series of town meetings to listen to people’s concerns as he prepares to take office in January.

Walsh said the co-chairs would be: City Councilor Felix Arroyo; and Sam Tyler, long-time president of the Boston Municipal Research bureau, a city budget watchdog group; former mayoral candidates John F. Barros and Charlotte Golar Richie; public relations executive Joyce Linehan; and Katherine P. Craven, executive director of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.

Walsh, speaking at a news conference at his transition office on Franklin Street near City Hall, said that he had been talking with mayors throughout the country to find out how his transition team should proceed.

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“The point of the transition is so you don’t miss a beat,” he said.

The Globe reported today that Walsh was expected to usher in an entirely new team of advisers.

Walsh acknowledged that different communities would likely voice different concerns at the town hall meetings, ranging from snowplowing to the policies of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to violence on the streets.

He also said that he would also launch a transition website soon, and the website would allow people to submit their resumes via the Web.

Asked if he would hire only local candidates in his administration, he said he thought it was important to have a good mix of locals and outsiders. Most of all, he said, he is looking for the most qualified person for the job.

Walsh also said his transition team would be made up of men and women who have the best interests of the city at heart, people who will push back against ideas they don’t agree with.

“I’m not surrounding myself with yes-men and yes-women,” he said.

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