---- — LAWRENCE - Mayor Daniel Rivera has made five key appointments to his new administration.
Abel Vargas will work as Business Development Director and Wendy Luzon as Neighborhood Planner.
Also joining the staff are three Special Assistants to the Mayor - Elizabeth Delgado, Kate Reilly, and Theodoro Rosario.
Vargas is a member of the Lawrence City Democratic Committee and school committee member.
Luzon, 41, is a mother of two, businesswoman and co-founder of De La Mano Inc., which features a hotline for battered women. Luzon has also been shelter director of the Women’s Resource Center Program at YWCA of Haverhill.
The announcements were made yesterday on Rivera's he first full day as mayor. He was officially sworn in Thursday night and the public inauguration takes place today.
Vargas is a member of the city Democratic Committee and schAs Business Development Director, Abel Vargas will work closely with Mayor Rivera to retain and help expand existing businesses, attract new businesses, and develop efficiencies to make Lawrence more business-friendly.
“It is critical that we attract businesses and jobs to Lawrence that can help put people to work,” said Rivera. “I am confident that Abel can effectively lead this effort, and make the strong case for Lawrence as a business-hub.”
Vargas is a candidate for a masters degree in business administration at Southern New Hampshire University with a professional background in business and marketing Analysis.
"Vargas brings experience that will enable him to facilitate growth of jobs and industry in the city. Vargas’ city position is a modification of the Economic Development Director, and will be part of a larger restructuring of overall development and planning efforts that the Mayor plans to tackle in the coming months," said a statement released by the mayor's office.
Wendy Luzon, as a Neighborhood Planner, will serve as a liaison between Mayor Rivera and the neighborhoods represented throughout the city. Luzon has an extensive background in crisis intervention and neighborhood organization that will prove valuable as she develops new, innovative ways to unify the different districts of our city, the statement said.
As Special Assistants to the Mayor, Delgado, Reilly, and Rosario will work in the mayor’s office primarily on constituent services. “A number of issues come through Mayor’s office, and we need a solid team who will help residents and businesses navigate through city government,” Rivera said in the statement.
"All three Special Assistants have strong connections to the community, and bring local knowledge, exceptional organizational skills, and follow-through to the office," the statement said..
“This team represents a group of leaders who truly care about the City of Lawrence,” said Rivera. “We will work together to offer accountability, professionalism, and service to the people of this community. We are in the business of making Lawrence better.”
All of these positions are budget-neutral, the statement said.