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Walsh taps Lottery financial officer to become Boston’s budget czar

David Sweeney was named Boston’s chief financial officer on Friday, April 25, 2014.

David Sweeney was named Boston’s chief financial officer on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced his choice for Boston’s financial czar: David Sweeney, who will leave his current post as the chief financial officer for the Massachusetts Lottery to work in City Hall.

In a statement, Walsh said that Sweeney will soon become Boston’s chief financial officer, which also includes the title of collector-treasurer.

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“I’m confident he will continue the City’s longstanding practices of fiscal prudence to ensure that Boston’s overall financial health remains strong,’’ Walsh said in a statement.

Sweeney welcomed his new duties. “I’m honored to join Mayor Walsh’s team in this role,” he said in the statement. “Our shared vision for the city’s fiscal welfare will mean great things for Boston’s long-term growth and stability.”

According to the administration, Sweeney will join Walsh’s cabinet as chief of finance and budget with overnight responsibility for the assessing, auditing, budget, purchasing, treasury, and registry Departments.

As collector-treasurer Sweeney is “the custodian of over 300 City trust funds and is an ex-officio member of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Board,’’ the administration said.

Sweeney has worked at the Lottery since 2011, and previously helped devise state budgets while working for the House Committee on Ways and Means. He was also chief fiscal policy advisor to the House Speaker’s office, according to the administration.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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