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Villaraigosa Names Several Top Aides

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday filled out his top management staff with several officials with national and statewide experience.


Villaraigosa tapped two former Clinton administration officials: Cecilia Ablack, the new deputy mayor for communications, was public affairs director at the Commerce Department, and Nancy Sutley, L.A.’s new deputy mayor for energy and environment, was a former Environmental Protection Agency special assistant.


Villaraigosa also named Kevin Acebo as his council and intergovernmental liaison. Acebo is a former statewide Democratic political director.


For his finance deputy, Villaraigosa pulled in Karen Sisson, longtime chief financial officer for the city’s Department of Airports. Sisson will have oversight on budgetary issues in the new administration.


Also appointed by Villaraigosa was Maurice Suh, deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, including oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department. Suh, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Howery LLP, previously served as deputy chief of public corruption and government fraud for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Howard Fine
Howard Fine
Howard Fine is a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal. He covers stories pertaining to healthcare, biomedicine, energy, engineering, construction, and infrastructure. He has won several awards, including Best Body of Work for a single reporter from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers and Distinguished Journalist of the Year from the Society of Professional Journalists.
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