Councilor O’Malley Renamed Chair of Government Operations Committee
January 17, 2013
Reappointed Vice Chair of Economic Development Committee
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley today was renamed Chair of the City Council’s Government Operations Committee by City Council President Stephen J. Murphy.
Councilor O’Malley was also re-named Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and as a member of the committees on: Ways & Means, Public Safety, Education, Housing, and Labor, Youth Affairs, and Human Rights. He will also serve on the newly created Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology Committee.
The Government Operations Committee works on issues related to the structure and mechanics of city government and its departments, agencies, and commissions. All proposed ordinances and special laws are referred to this committee, which also aims to reduce overlap in city functions and programs. The committee also has oversight of the activities of the Mayor’s Office and numerous committees and boards.
During his first year as Chair, O’Malley convened numerous hearings and working sessions on a wide range of initiatives from creating a rental housing registry and developing rules to protect student athletes from head injuries to strengthening the city’s noise ordinance and imposing restrictions on satellite dishes.
“I am honored to be renamed Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Government Operations and I am grateful for President Murphy’s confidence in me,” said O’Malley, who represents Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, parts of Roslindale and Roxbury, and the Back of the Hill. “Government Operations deals with the nuts and bolts of city government. I have enjoyed having a leadership role in developing and strengthening our city’s laws and ordinances. I look forward to another productive year.”
O’Malley also said he looks forward to working on all of the committees including the newly formed Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology. “I am excited that the City Council will be taking a more active role in looking at how the city can use emerging technologies to make Boston more efficient for its workers, residents and visitors,” he said.
Councilor O’Malley represents West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill. He was elected to the District 6 seat on the City Council in a special election in November 2010. He was re-elected in November 2011. He also served as the Chair of the Council’s Committee on Environment & Health in 2010.