Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has appointed a new commissioner of the city's Parks Recreation and Youth Programs.
He appointed Julie LaFave as the new commissioner of the department. LaFave was the deputy commissioner of the department, but has been handling the duties of commissioner since Lazarus Sims resigned. Sims pleaded guilty in May of stealing $5,400 from the city.
"Julie LaFave is an energetic leader who has been doing an outstanding job as deputy commissioner since joining the city at the start of the year,” said Mayor Walsh. “Julie brings the right skills in operations, administration, facilities, and recreation to lead our parks. She loves Syracuse, and I know she will give everything she’s got to make our facilities, operations, programs and workplace the best they can be.”
Filling the deputy commissioner vacancy left by LaFave will be Jimmy Oliver, who Walsh said is a Syracuse native with a strong background in youth recreation.