Mayor Announces New Team for 22nd Floor

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced staffing changes today on the 22nd floor of Government Center that will take effect officially on January 4, 2016 when the new budget year begins. Mayor Hicks-Hudson has selected her new team with specific objectives for her administration in mind.

Naming Mark Sobczak as her Chief of Staff, Hicks-Hudson notes the City will continue to benefit from Sobczak’s professional labor relations background, his service as Commissioner of Human Resources, and experience as an elected city council member. Mr. Sobczak served most recently as Chief Operation Officer.

Hicks-Hudson understands the foundation for safe neighborhoods is economic development and so has brought Eileen Granata into the executive suite as Chief Operating Officer. Eileen served as the Ohio Department of Development’s Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Director under both Governors’ Strickland and Kasich prior to joining the City of Toledo’s law department in 2012, where she served most recently as a Senior Attorney in the General Section. Granata has spent 25 years working in economic development, holding positions with the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Growth Partnership, including Chief Operating Officer. 

Alan Bannister will become the Mayor’s Executive Assistant, responsible for civic engagement, after having served Hicks-Hudson most recently as a Manager on the 22nd floor. Bannister earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University and prior to managing contract compliance for the City of Toledo coordinated constituent affairs for Governor Strickland in Columbus.

Janet Schroeder, who has been on loan to the Mayor’s office from the Department of Public Utilities since mid-September, has been named the new Public Information Officer. Schroeder has a communication degree from the University of Toledo and has held increasingly responsible positions during the past 25 years in community relations, public relations, development and non-profit management.

Former Public Information Officer Stacy Weber will move to the Department of Public Utilities as an Administrative Analyst. Bob Reinbolt, who recently announced his resignation from his position as Chief of Staff will assume for the time being the part time Director of Public Safety position.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Wednesday, January 06, 2016.