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Mayor Garcetti names first senior appointments of administration — including a former rival

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Mayor Eric Garcetti named the first members of his senior team Tuesday, and the roster includes a former mayoral rival. 

Former councilwoman and mayoral candidate Jan Perry will serve as Interim General Manager of the new Economic Development Department. A mayoral spokesman says that once Perry gets the agency up and running, she'll hand it off to a permanent director. 

"I'm excited that Jan Perry and I will be working closely together on getting people back to work and helping businesses open and grown," Garcetti said in a statement. "Jan's work in revitalizing downtown and South Park exemplify the kind of leadership and expertise we need to turn this department into a true economic engine for our city."

Perry ran for mayor after being termed out of the City Council, where she represented South Los Angeles for 12 years. 

The new department Perry will help launch is actually the successor to the city's community development efforts. Its $16.3 million budget is coming from existing operations, including the former Community Development Department, which is also providing most of the staff.

Former chief of staff to Councilman Joe Buscaino, Doane Liu, was named deputy mayor of City Services. The head of Garcetti's transition team, Rich Llewellyn, will serve as legal counsel to the mayor. Rounding out the day's announcements were Stephen Cheung as director of International Trade and Martha Preciado as director of Scheduling. (Other appointments were named on Garcetti's first day in office.) 

The mayor has previously said he will have just four deputy mayors -- downsizing from Antonio Villaraigosa's 12. 

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