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Mayor's Wife Names New Chief of Staff
From the Wall Street Journal of Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:48:01 EST
From left: Roxanne John, Chirlane McCray and Jackie Bray.
From left: Roxanne John, Chirlane McCray and Jackie Bray. Office of the Mayor

The executive director of Gracie Mansion was named Friday as chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s wife, a month after her former top aide stepped down amid controversy over her boyfriend.

Roxanne John will succeed Rachel Noerdlinger as the lieutenant to Chirlane McCray. Ms. Noerdlinger, a former aide to the Rev. Al Sharpton , became the subject of scrutiny after it emerged that she didn’t disclose on city background checks that she had a live-in boyfriend who has a violent criminal record.

A new hire, Jackie Bray, will join Ms. John as deputy chief of staff. Ms. Bray most recently worked as the deputy chief of staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Roxanne’s leadership and expanded portfolio, along with Jackie Bray’s breadth of experience, will bring additional support to implementing the Mayor’s agenda,” Ms. McCray said Friday in a news release.

Rachel Noerdlinger,
Rachel Noerdlinger, Associated Press

The controversy over Ms. Noerdlinger became a distraction for Mr. de Blasio as more revelations emerged, including that she had undisclosed tax liens and unpaid parking tickets and incorrectly described her previous employment on city forms.

Mr. de Blasio publicly defended Ms. Noerdlinger, but she left City Hall in November shortly after the arrest of her teenage son on a trespassing charge was publicized.

Ms. Noerdlinger earned $170,000 a year in her role. The salaries for Ms. John and Ms. Bray weren’t immediately clear.

A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio didn’t immediately respond to comment Friday.

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