The new sheriff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, now has a deputy.
The White House announced yesterday it nominated Ron Sims for the post.
Sims is the county executive of King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. As deputy, he will manage HUDâ€™s day-to-day operations. HUD has a $39 billion operating budget and approximately 8,500 employees.
Donovan called Sims â€œthe perfect deputy secretary candidateâ€ saying:
His experience at the helm of a large urban government provides a critical perspective and his collaborative approach to problem-solving has prepared him to effectively lead HUD’s operations as the agency charts a new aggressive course.
Sims now faces Senate confirmation before he takes the post.