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Mayor Kasim Reed Names Duriya M. Farooqui as Interim Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta

Post Date:11/17/2011

 As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Farooqui managed key city departments and led several major Reed Administration initiatives

ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed formally announced this week that Duriya M. Farooqui will serve as the Interim Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta, effective Dec. 9, 2011. Farooqui currently serves as the city’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, a role in which she is responsible for oversight of several departments including Public Works; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Planning and Community Development; Information Technology; and the Office of Program Management.

Since joining Mayor Reed’s administration in 2010, Farooqui has successfully led several major Reed Administration initiatives. She managed development of Mayor Reed’s first budget proposal, which included funds to hire 100 police officers and re-open all of the city’s recreation centers and pools. She also led the city’s negotiations in 2010 with Delta Airlines and other carriers that amended their lease agreement with the city, adding $30 million in airport revenues. The lease amendment enabled the timely financing of the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal that will open in spring 2012.

Farooqui also played a critical role in developing the analysis and proposals that led to the City of Atlanta’s pension reform plan, which was unanimously approved by the Atlanta City Council in June 2011 and is projected to save the city $500 million over 30 years.

“Ms. Farooqui has successfully supported management of all city departments and played a critical role in strengthening the city’s finances, resulting in two years of budget surpluses and the growth of the reserve fund from $7.4 million to more than $56 million,” Mayor Reed said. “She has shown exemplary leadership on important initiatives such as pension reform and the planning, design and construction of the Atlanta Streetcar, which was awarded a $47 million federal grant and will become the first segment of light rail transit in the city by 2013.”

“I would like to thank Mayor Reed for entrusting me with his confidence, and I am honored to serve the City of Atlanta as Interim Chief Operating Officer,” Farooqui said. “It has been a privilege to work with the Reed Administration and the Atlanta City Council. I look forward to building on the accomplishments of the past two years with a focus on improving quality of city services and making customer service a meaningful priority across all city departments.”

As planned, Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman will end his two-year commitment to the city and return to Bain and Company, transitioning his responsibilities to Farooqui over the next 30 days. Mayor Reed will announce a permanent Chief Operating Officer next summer after conducting an executive search.

Farooqui began her tenure with the City of Atlanta in the Finance Department in 2007 and completed the city’s first public infrastructure assessment that quantified a $750 million backlog in investment. In 2008, she assumed the role of Performance Management Director in the Mayor’s Office to lead the city performance management program, now called ATLStat. She acquired significant experience in citywide operations and performance improvement before joining Mayor Reed’s administration in January 2010 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Farooqui focused on international economic policy and held positions with the World Bank, The Center for Global Development and the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Her research and policy work was in the areas of international trade, education reform, and the impact evaluation of policy change.

Farooqui holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and was awarded a fellowship on merit of professional promise. She received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hampshire College. Farooqui moved to Atlanta from the Boston area in 2004 and lives near Candler Park with her husband and two young sons, Nyle and Omair.

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