Boston taps new environment chief, but another member of Mayor Menino's cabinet set to leave

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to announce Friday that Brian Swett will be the city’s new chief of environment and energy.

Swett, 33, previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and US Senator Barbara Boxer of California, and currently works at Boston Properties.

A South End resident, Swett will be paid about $130,000 annually when he starts Aug. 6, according to Menino’s press office, which used a unique word to describe the appointment.


“ ‘Greenovating’ Boston is an all-hands effort,” Menino said in a statement. “I am thrilled that Brian has accepted this challenge of engaging all of our neighbors and all of our businesses and institutions in our sustainability work.”

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Swett will succeed James W. Hunt III, Boston’s first environmental chief, who is leaving ­after seven years to pursue work outside of government.

In a separate development at City Hall, another member of Menino’s Cabinet is also expected to leave. Evelyn Friedman, Boston’s housing chief and ­director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, is expected to receive a job with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

Friedman has held her post since 2008. As the director of Neighborhood Development, Friedman manages a workforce of 200 and a $100 million budget that includes federal grants for housing, economic development, and human service programs.

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council was ­expected to finalize the hiring of Friedman Thursday night.

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