Home news The Boston transport head is leaving for a job in Austin

The Boston transport head is leaving for a job in Austin

Gina N. Fiandaca, head of the city of transportation since 2015 and a lifelong resident of East Boston, leaves Mayor Martin J. Walsh's board for a position in Austin, Texas.

Fiandaca will serve as Austin & # 39; s assistant city manager who oversees mobility, which city has announced Tuesday.

The city of Austin described the mobility department – with a focus on "where we want to go, when we want to go there, safely and cost effectively" – as an important part of the city's master plan initiative. Fiandaca had been part of the Boston 2030 planning project.

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk said in a statement that Fiandaca is part of a new team that "will be a tool to help us achieve our safety and mobility goals … they will lead multi-talented teams working on tackling some of the greatest challenges for Austin. "

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Her last day at the Walsh government is April 19, and she is scheduled to start in Austin on May 6 with a salary of $ 235,019, according to the American statesman of Austin. Fiandaca earned $ 145,000 in Boston in 2018, according to city registers.

Walsh said in a statement that Fiandaca "was an incredible steward in ensuring safe, efficient and fair access to the Boston street system for all users of our roads. She has taken the lead in bringing smart technology and innovative solutions to our addressing transportation challenges while outlining a new vision of mobility through Go Boston 2030. "

"I wish her all the best in her new role and I want to sincerely thank her for everything she has helped us achieve on behalf of our residents," said the mayor.

As a commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department, a position at the Cabinet level, Fiandaca had a division of more than 400 people in charge of the city's 850-mile carriageway. She also chaired the Boston Air Pollution Control Commission and was a member of the Boston Public Improvement Commission and the Boston Emergency Management Agency.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University.

Fiandaca is one of the few cabinet-level executives who leave the administration in Walsh & # 39; s second four-year term.

The former director of the city, Joseph Rull, left early in Walsh & # 39; s tenure and his former chief of staff, Daniel Koh, left for an unsuccessful run for Congress last year. Felix G. Arroyo, the former head of health and human services, was fired for allegations of sexual harassment in 2017. And Austin Blackmon, the former environmental chief, left for a private sector job in San Francisco last year.

With the departure of Fiandaca, the Walsh office said the mayor will review the structure of the transportation department, which is under Chief of Streets Chris Osgood, who oversees public works and transportation.

Milton J. Valencia can be reached at milton.valencia
@ Globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.


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