Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson ousts public works director, makes two new appointments

By Jenna Pizzi | Times of Trenton

-15e232c45ce2e7e2(Trenton Times) Mayor Eric Jackson is shaking things up a bit in his Cabinet, appointing a chief of staff and a new public works director, the mayor said this afternoon.

Francis Blanco, a city resident and community activist, will be brought on as Jackson’s chief of staff and Jacqueline Foushee, a civil engineer, will be appointed as acting Public Works director, replacing outgoing director Luis Mollinedo.

Jackson said he informed Mollinedo last Friday he would appoint Foushee as director.

“He understood,” Jackson said. “I told him if there were other opportunities that could afford him to be here to use his expertise, and if not that I would help him to find opportunities elsewhere.”

Mollinedo did not return a call seeking comment.

Jackson will also bring on Michael Walker, a city resident and former public relations employee for the state, as his public information officer. Walker worked with Jackson during his mayoral campaign and has been working for the past few weeks as a volunteer. He will begin, officially as a city employee, effective Monday.

Jackson said he is proud to bring in Blanco and Foushee because of their qualifications, but also because they add diversity to his cabinet.

Blanco will be the first Latina appointed to the position of chief of staff and Foushee will be the first African-American female director of public works, Jackson said.

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