After conducting a national search, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week named former chief operating officer and interim superintendent Michael Kelly as the superintendent of the Chicago Park District.

“During his time as interim superintendent, Mike has displayed solid leadership and a focus on reform,” Emanuel said in a statement. “He has taken steps to reduce senior management by 20% and for 2012 will implement departmental consolidations and staff reductions at the central office, which will save $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars.”

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