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
Public Infrastructure
Inspectional Services
Planning, Housing and Community Development
Health Department
Resilience and Environmental Stewardship
Traffic Commission
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.”