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Emanuel Names New Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner

Emanuel Names New Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner

(Chicago) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday appointed a new commissioner of the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Emanuel has nominated Maria Guerra Lapacek, currently First Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs for the Mayor’s office, to replace incumbent Commissioner Rosemary Krimbel who has received a new city hall assignment.

“Maria has been an integral part of the team that established the City of Chicago’s Small Business Center, passed our landmark licensing reform ordinance that slashed the number of business license categories by 60 percent, and spearheaded a series of consumer protection ordinances taking on fraudulent tax preparation services and reducing the proliferation of predatory lenders,” said Emanuel.

Last week, Emanuel tapped the Chief Planning Officer and a Senior Vice President at the Chicago Transit Authority, Rebekah Scheinfeld, to be his new Transportation Commissioner.

Guerra Lapacek, an attorney, served as a key strategist behind the Mayor’s 2012 licensing reform ordinance, the establishment of the Small Business Center in the Mayor’s 2013 Budget, the 2011 taxi reform ordinance, and a number of consumer protection ordinances passed during the first two and half years of the Emanuel Administration.

Previously, she served as a Deputy Chief Financial Officer and in the Office of Management and Budget as a Deputy Budget Director, where she managed efforts to consolidate departments and implemented performance management measures for the City’s human infrastructure departments.

“My parents were once small business owners, so I am excited to continue the Mayor’s push to make City Hall as open and accessible as possible to the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Guerra Lapacek.

Meanwhile, Krimbel has been asked by the Mayor to launch a new effort to modernize the city code. The new role will perform broad, multi-departmental reviews of the city code and propose modernization efforts that streamline governmental processes, according to Emanuel.

“Rosemary’s wide range of skills and experiences make her a perfect selection for this new initiative,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We will do a long-overdue sweep of the City code to eliminate outdated rules and streamline it for residents and businesses, allowing them to interact with city government efficiently and effectively.”

Krimbel spearheaded the mayor’s “Business Licensing Reform” that reduced the number of licenses by 60 percent.

Guerra’s appointment is subject to City Council approval. She and Krimbel will both begin serving in their new roles later in January.

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