Daley replaces city dept. head

June 29, 2009 (CHICAGO) Michael Picardi will return to his old job running the fleet management department. He's now in charge of repairing and fueling the city's salting and snow removal vehicles.

Last year, Picardi's high profile department was criticized after the city spent 490-thousand dollars on snow removal during a minor snowstorm. On Monday, he said he welcomed the opportunity to return to his old department.

"My experience as commissioner of streets and sanitation has taken me to a higher level of just how important a department, such as fleet management is, to providing day to day services and this knowledge will serve me well as fleet commissioner," said Michael Picardi, Commissioner, Dept. of Fleet Management.

Picardi will be replaced by Thomas Byrne, the city's transportation commissioner.

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