Columbus: Mayor Ginther Names Kelly Scocco Director of Public Service
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~ Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has announced the appointment of Kelly Scocco as the new Director of the Department of Public Service, effective immediately. Scocco, who has been serving as the Interim Director since January, brings over 20 years of experience in planning and program management to her new role.

In her new position, Scocco will continue to lead the city's efforts in promoting local and regional mobility initiatives. This includes LinkUS, a plan aimed at expanding transportation options for all residents while also addressing issues such as growth, affordability, and opportunity gaps. Additionally, she will oversee the department's ongoing work on Vision Zero Columbus, a dedicated effort to eliminate serious crashes on city streets and make them safe for all modes of transportation.

Mayor Ginther expressed confidence in Scocco's ability to lead the department towards a more connected and prosperous future. "Kelly is the right leader at the right time to shape the trajectory of transit and mobility for decades to come," he stated. "She understands that strengthening connectivity and opportunity is crucial for our city's growth and success."

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Scocco's extensive experience in both the public and private sectors makes her well-equipped for this role. Prior to her appointment as Interim Director, she served as Deputy Director of Public Service where she oversaw transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance operations. She also held positions such as Assistant Director for the city's Department of Building and Zoning Services.

Before joining the City of Columbus, Scocco worked with CHA Consulting Inc., where she served as a Transportation and Planning Manager. She also held roles with the Ohio Department of Transportation and two consulting firms.

In response to her appointment, Scocco expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue serving Columbus residents. "I am honored to continue serving the people of Columbus and deploying innovative solutions that promote safety, prosperity, and first-class core city services," she said. "Now is the time for bold ideas and collaboration, and I am excited to accelerate our momentum."

Scocco's appointment comes at a critical time as the city works towards implementing LinkUS and other initiatives to improve transportation and mobility for its residents. With her experience and leadership, Mayor Ginther is confident that Scocco will deliver the best possible results for the city.

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