TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced his chief of staff on Friday morning, Catherine Crosby.
Crosby, who goes by Katy, is currently the Executive Director for the City of Dayton's Human Relations Council.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz calls her quote "a person of great substance."
"She is a national leader on issues pertaining to neighborhood investment and neighborhood revitalization. And that is not an exaggeration," said Kapszukiewicz. "As you know, I believe the administrative staff on the twenty-second floor had to have a blend. I felt that Toledo could benefit from an outsider's perspective into the mix. I don't think it would have been wise to have our city government run exclusively by outsiders, just like I didn't think it would be wise to have our city government run exclusively by insiders. I think a nice mix is what we needed."
The mayor held a press conference in his office in One Government Center at 10 a.m Friday to make the announcement.
"We hadn't found the person for chief of staff the very day I walked into this office. I think we've been here three weeks or so and we've been holding it together with bubblegum and twine until we had a chief of staff. But I had said all along that I would rather take the time and find the right person than to rush to meet some artificial deadline and bring in someone less than I thought we could bring in," Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. "We took the extra time and I'm glad we did."
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley echoes these sentiments.
"[Crosby] has the unique talent to fight for the best interests of the community while understanding the needs of the city organization. Dayton's loss is Toledo's gain," Mayor Whaley said.
Mayor Kapszukiewicz says Crosby will be working with neighborhoods and the economic development team and will be stoking development on the neighborhood level.
Crosby says she's very excited to start her new role in Toledo and is ready to implement her unique skill set.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to use my diverse experience to implement the mayor's ambitious plan for Toledo. Toledo has a lot of similarities to Dayton, including a welcoming community, minor league baseball, booming downtown development and a great waterfront. I am looking forward to making new friends and playing an important role in Toledo's continued growth," said Crosby.
The Cleveland native says she never thought she'd end up in a position such as the one she's about to take on.
"I started off as an internal auditor when I first graduated from college and after that experience I ended up going towards the public administration route," said Crosby.
Crosby's community involvement has earned her numerous recognitions, including being honored by the Dayton Business Journal three years in a row.
"So I haven't had this much hooplah about me in a very long time, so I thank you for being so welcoming, I'm really excited to be here...in Dayton I am considered old..."
The 40-year-old mother of one, says she's committed to developing that next group of talent to help lead Toledo toward a thriving future.
Crosby will be in Toledo through Sunday, attending events and looking for places to live before heading back to Dayton.
Crosby's first day will be March 5.
In addition to chief of staff, Mayor Kapszukiewicz said they are looking for an outside finance director and economic development director.