Mayor Pedro Segarra has filled several key positions left vacant when about 30 city employees accepted early retirement last fall.
The mayor appointed Julio Molleda as the city's chief financial officer. Molleda recently served as the city's acting director of management and budget and worked previously as chief financial officer for the Hartford Public Library.
Molleda replaces acting Finance Director Christian Johnson. Johnson took over the role following the resignation of Christopher Wolf last year. Johnson will return to his job as deputy finance director, city officials said.
Jose Sanchez has been named director of management and budget, effective July 1. Sanchez, who works as the controller for the Hartford Public Schools, replaces Molleda.
John Phillips will begin work in the city assessor's office Monday, replacing longtime Assessor Lawrence LaBarbera, who is retiring.
"Larry is universally praised for his knowledge and exceptional skills," Segarra said. "His years of service have truly benefited the city and its residents and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
Phillips previously served as assessor for Groton and Durham.
Wayne Benjamin, who has worked as acting director of economic development, will take over the role permanently. Benjamin will be responsible for working with businesses and attracting new ones, city officials said.
"These four individuals bring a unique set of skills to their respective jobs and demonstrate my desire to strike a balance between providing new challenges and opportunities for current city employees and seeking the best, most talented individuals that will continue to move this city forward," Segarra said in a statement.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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