Newark business administrator ­Michelle Thomas last week left her position as the city’s top fiscal chief to work at the Ferguson Group, a lobbying firm that represents local governments in Washington, D.C. Assistant business administrator Michael Greene will take Thomas’ position in an acting capacity.

Mayor Cory Booker appointed Thomas as the city’s business administrator in October after she had served in that post for nearly two years on an acting basis. During her tenure, she helped to reduce Newark’s budget deficit by more than half, or $105 million. Booker and Thomas have been eager to end the city’s dependence on special municipal aid, a state program that gives additional funds to local governments.

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