NEW BEDFORD — Christina R. Connelly has been named the city’s first chief operating officer.
Connelly will oversee nine city departments to improve the delivery of services and promote efficiency, according to a news release. Those departments are
Facilities and Fleet Management
Planning, Housing and Community Development
Resilience and Environmental Stewardship
Parks, Recreation and Beaches
The COO role is a realignment of existing positions; Connelly’s former position — assistant chief of staff — will not be filled, according to the release.
Connelly is a native of New Bedford. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Boston College and is an alumna of Bishop Stang High School.
“The establishment of a Chief Operating Officer will improve city government’s ability to execute a clear set of priorities to deliver core municipal services more effectively and efficiently,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell in the release. “Christina Connelly is a multi-talented and experienced public servant who has worked tirelessly over the course of her career to improve New Bedford. I am excited that she is willing to fulfill this important new role in city government, and I am confident that her work will lead to a higher functioning city government, which is exactly what our residents deserve.”