Veteran city employee Lou Buonpane will start work Tuesday as Raleigh's new chief of staff.
Buonpane takes on the new role as part of City Manager Ruffin Hall's shake-up of the top posts at city hall. He'd previously held the vague title of senior enterprise program manager, in which he fielded a steady stream of information and research requests from city council members.
When a Raleigh resident emails their council representative about a neighborhood issue, Buonpane is often charged with hunting down the answer.
Those tasks will continue to be part of Buonpane's job, but he'll now oversee the city's public affairs departments - still led by longtime spokeswoman Jayne Kirkpatrick - as well as the city council office.
Buonpane, Hall told city employees in a memo, "has extensive experience working in the city manager's office and will bring a wealth of knowledge about the organization into this role. The new organizational approach will improve communications within the city organization, increase coordination of requests for service from citizens, and enhance the productivity of the city manager, mayor and council."
Hall also plans to name three new assistant city managers by the end of the month. About 260 people applied for the job, and Hall interviewed 11 finalists last week. Overall, Hall's goal is to have fewer department heads reporting directly to him.