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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Appoints Matthew Beaudet As Buildings Commissioner, City’s First Native American Department Head

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped Matthew Beaudet, a longtime top deputy at the Buildings Department as the agency’s new commissioner, making him the first Native American to lead a city department. Beaudet had been serving as the acting commissioner since the retirement of Judy Frydland last month. He’d been the department’s first deputy commissioner since 2011, managing the agency’s day-to-day operations. Managing deputy commissioner Marlene Hopkins has been promoted to Beadet’s first deputy.


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