Walsh to stress community service in new administration, but still lacks staff appointments
Mayor elect Martin J. Walsh said Monday that encouraging Bostonians to serve others will be a hallmark of his time in office, and a key feature of inauguration events.
“Oftentimes we get caught up in the details of life and we really don’t always look and say, ‘what can we give back to the community?’” Walsh said. “We have a real opportunity here, with a new administration coming...to be able to change the mindset and have people give back.”
At a press conference at his inaugural committee office in Dorchester, Walsh highlighted several community service projects that will be part of his pre-inaugural program, beginning later this week. They include a Habitat for Humanity building project in Roslindale, along with meal preparation at local shelters and community center improvements.
Noticably absent from the press availability was any announcement about personnel appointments in the new administration, despite the inauguration being only a week away. Walsh said he has not yet decided who will serve as his chief of staff, a key role in the administration.
He said on Monday that he was focused on the community service aspect of his inauguration.
Pressed by reporters on his staffing decisions, Walsh said “we’ll be making announcements at some point shortly.”
Walsh is set to be sworn into office by the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Roderick L. Ireland, at a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6 at Boston College’s Conte Forum.
Outgoing Mayor Thomas M. Menino will not be attending that ceremony. But Walsh said Monday that there were “no hard feelings at all on that.” He added that he and the mayor had been working well together during the transition.
Meanwhile on Monday, the office of Secretary of the State William F. Galvin announced the dates of the special election for voters in a diverse swath of Dorchester to choose Walsh’s successor in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
The primary election for the heavily Democratic 13th Suffolk District has been set for March 4 with a general election on April 1.
The Democratic nominee will be the heavy favorite to succeed Walsh.
Two Democratic hopefuls have filed paperwork with the state for a run to succeed Walsh: Dan Hunt, director of government affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Tony T. Dang, an MBTA Transit Police officer and Vietnamese-American community activist. Both are Democrats.
Walsh has been a state representative since 1997. His resignation from the chamber will take effect on Jan 3.Joshua Miller can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.