Mayor Martin J. Walsh replaced on Monday the head of the city agency that inspects restaurants and rental units, including off-campus student housing, the first step in what the mayor described as a series of management changes at the Inspectional Services Department.
Walsh said the shake-up has nothing to do with a report last week by the Globe Spotlight Team that found the city’s chief code enforcement agency was no match for scofflaw landlords and the flood of complaints from neighborhoods that are home to thousands of students. The Inspectional Services Department regularly missed health and safety problems that create dangerous, sometimes life-threatening conditions.
Commissioner Bryan Glascock, who had been in the post since 2012, will be replaced in the next few weeks by William Christopher, an architect who lives on Walsh’s block in Dorchester. The mayor described Christopher as a rigorous administrator.
Glascock will move to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to become the city’s “zoning czar,” a position Walsh created to take a comprehensive look at Boston’s patchwork of building codes and regulations.
“It’s not a demotion,” Walsh said in an interview. “You don’t demote somebody by moving them to a different department. Bryan has a history of actually doing a lot of process work here in the city, and we felt he was the best guy for the job.”
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