Chicago Mayor Richard Daley last week tapped his Buildings Department commissioner Richard L. Rodriguez to serve as Department of Aviation commissioner, a post recently vacated by Nuria Fernandez under pressure from the mayor’s administration.

Rodriguez, 37, ran the Buildings Department since June 2007, overseeing the consolidation of its functions along with the former Department of Construction and Permits at a savings of $2 million. He also worked to streamline the permit fee process and improve the inspection process. Rodri previously worked as executive director of the Construction and Permits Department. He served in previous posts in the Aviation Department and with the Chicago Housing Authority.

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