Walsh fills three more posts in new administration

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed three city officials this week, including an interim parks commissioner and an assistant commissioner of inspectional services, as the new administration continues to take shape.

Walsh tapped Christopher R. Cook to serve as interim commissioner of Boston Parks and Recreation.

Tony Nunziante will take Cook’s former position running the Office of Arts, Tourism, & Special Events.


Tomas Gonzalez was named assistant commissioner of constituent services in the Inspectional Services Department.

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The staffing changes were announced to city employees in an e-mail from Walsh’s chief of staff, Daniel Arrigg Koh. The administration did not publicly announce the appointments.

Cook, 37, lives in West Roxbury and will fill a vacancy left by the departure of Antonia Pollak, who was parks commissioner for almost a decade under Mayor Thomas M. `Menino. Cook worked for the Menino administration for almost eight years. As director of arts and tourism, he produced Boston’s 2014 First Night celebration and oversaw the cultural and art commissions, in addition to other duties.

At the Parks Department, Cook will “focus on producing a successful and active summer of programming in our city’s parks,” Koh’s e-mail said.

Nunziante, who was named interim director of the tourism and arts office, lives in Dorchester and has worked in City Hall for more than two decades, serving most recently as director of marketing and development and international relations for arts and tourism. Nunziante played a key role in producing several high-profile events in Boston, Koh said, including Sail Boston 2000 and the city’s 375th anniversary celebration.


Gonzalez, 43, will fill an assistant commissioner position at inspectional services left vacant by Darryl Smith, who appears to be the highest-
profile political firing in the change of administrations. Smith, a well-known political organizer in the black community, worked for the mayoral campaign of Walsh’s rival, John R. Connolly.

Payroll information obtained through a public records request showed that Smith was terminated from his city job on Jan. 31. Smith could not be reached for comment.

“This is not only about politics,” said Walsh’s spokeswoman, Lisa Pollack. “This is certainly about finding the right person for this really important job.”

Gonzalez, who lives in Hyde Park, served for several years in the Menino administration, including stints as liaison to the Latino community and chief of staff for the Elderly Commission. Gonzalez also made an unsuccessful bid for City Council. He worked most recently as political director to Massachusetts Communities Action Network, which describes itself as a group of faith-based community organizations working for economic and racial justice.

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