The Dorchester Reporter reports Wu has named Arthur Jemison, a former Dorchester resident, as the city's first chief of planning - just a few days after BPDA Director Brian Golden announced his resignation.
Jemison will oversee land-use planning across city departments, including BTD, Housing, Public Facilities, BPS, BPL and the Environment Department - and Wu is asking the BPDA board of directors to appoint him as its formal replacement for Golden.
Jemison has particular expertise in both planning and public/private affordable housing over a 28-year career that includes stints at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city of Detroit and the Massachusetts the Department of Housing and Community Development under Deval Patrick. He's also worked at Massport, the BHA and what was then the BRA. He has a master's in city planning from MIT.
Wu also announced she was hiring Devin Quirk of Charlestown as Jemison's deputy chief of operations and organizational transformation - to help Jemison put into place whatever changes he makes in Boston land-use oversight. Quirk is currently director of real estate at the BPDA.