“I accepted the resignation today of Lazarus Sims as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. In working for city government, we are granted the public trust. There can never be actions or behaviors that undermine that trust in any way. I am saddened at the way Lazarus’s service to the city is ending. Despite this outcome, I wish him only the best in the future.
While we search for a new commissioner, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will continue to lead the department on an interim basis. Deputy Commissioner Julie LaFave will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the Department reporting to the Deputy Mayor. With that working structure in place, we will seek and review candidates to be our next commissioner, taking the time that is required to select the best qualified individual to lead this important function to the quality of life in this city.”