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Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh pledges to appoint key aides by Christmas

Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" beside Keith Lockhart at the opening night of Holiday Pops in Boston, Massachusetts December 4, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe)
Boston Mayor-Elect Martin J.Walsh read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" beside Keith Lockhart at the opening night of Holiday Pops on Wednesday.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh, who has yet to make any appointments to his incoming administration, pledged Thursday night to fill key positions by Christmas.

“These are big decisions,” Walsh said in a telephone interview as he shuttled between meetings. “When I ran the campaign, I wasn’t focused on who my chief of staff was going to be. I want to make sure I get it right. That’s more important than the quickness of it.”

Walsh has launched 11 policy teams that include a diverse array of 250 people chosen to examine aspects of government and urban life, from basic city services to arts. But at the midway point between election and inauguration, Boston’s first new chief executive in two decades has not decided how he will structure the mayor’s office or begun formally interviewing candidates for key positions.

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