Transition Watch: Donovan gets deputy at HUD


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 HUD’s day-to-day operations. HUD has a $39 billion operating budget and approximately 8,500 employees.

Donovan called Sims “the perfect deputy secretary candidate” 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.


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