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.”

Kelly had served as COO since 2007 during which he led the development of the district’s long term capital investment program, prioritizing $350 million in park design and construction projects.

The district manages 580 city parks.

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