The latest administrative shuffle from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office came down Friday, with the announcement that former hedge fund manager and current City Comptroller Dan Widawksy would be stepping down from his post. Deputy Comptroller Erin Keane will be stepping in as acting comptroller, effective May 1. Widawsky replaced Amer Amhad, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for his involvement in a kickback scheme when he was the deputy treasurer for the state of Ohio.
According to a release from the Mayor’s office, Keane has been a city employee for 15 years, and currently “oversees day to day operations within the Department, which includes preparation of the City’s financial statements, administration of federal and state grants, enforcement and collection of City revenue, and management of the City’s payroll and healthcare plans.” In addition to her time at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Streets and Sanitation, according to her LinkedIn, Keane also worked for about a year and a half at law firm Querrey & Harrow, Ltd., a corporate and litigation firm.
“I am truly humbled by the Mayor’s confidence in me, and if confirmed by City Council, I look forward to joining CFO [Carole] Brown and Budget Director [Alex] Holt in continuing to strengthen the City’s finances and building on the many operational efficiencies and cost savings introduced by Comptroller Widawsky,” Keane is quoted as saying in the release.
The Mayor has made four other department leadership changes and appointed a new alderman in the past month: Susan Russell as the new head of Animal Care and Control, Barrett Murphy as the new head of the Department of Water Management, Alicia Tate-Nadeau as the head of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, as well as Eddie Johnson as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department and Sophia King as 4th Ward alderman.