Light­foot names new build­ings com­mis­sioner

Says he’s 1st Na­tive Amer­i­can to head city depart­ment

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - NEWS - By John Byrne je­byrne@chicago tribune.com Twit­ter @_john­byrne

Mayor Lori Light­foot on Fri­day named a new head of the Chicago Build­ings Depart­ment and said he’s the first Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mis­sioner of a city depart­ment.

Matthew Beaudet had been serv­ing as the act­ing com­mis­sioner at the Build­ings Depart­ment, which over­sees con­struc­tion per­mits and build­ing codes, since Judy Fryd­land stepped down in June af­ter five years at the helm. He has been the depart­ment’s first deputy com­mis­sioner since 2011.

Mar­lene Hop­kins will be pro­moted to first deputy in the depart­ment, Light­foot said.

“This city was built on world-renowned ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban de­sign, and through th­ese his­toric ap­point­ments, we are truly build­ing on that legacy and lay­ing the bricks for a foun­da­tion of new busi­ness, in­vest­ment and de­vel­op­ment in ev­ery neigh­bor­hood,” Light­foot said in a state­ment.

Beaudet serves as the le­gal coun­sel and on the Coun­cil of El­ders for the Mon­taukett Tribe of In­di­ans in Long Is­land, New York, ac­cord­ing to Light­foot’s of­fice.

Light­foot cred­ited Beaudet with help­ing stream­line the city’s build­ing code and speed up the process of get­ting per­mits and in­spec­tions for busi­nesses.

He will need to be con­firmed by the City Coun­cil.

WAL­TER S. MITCHELL III

Matthew Beaudet is the new city Build­ings Depart­ment com­mis­sioner. Mayor Lori Light­foot said he’s the first Na­tive Amer­i­can to hold a com­mis­sioner post at a city depart­ment.

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