NYC Mayor Appoints New Sanitation Commissioner

Kathryn Garcia began her career as an intern in the Sanitation Department

Monday, Mar 17, 2014  |  Updated 9:34 AM EDT
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Mayor de Blasio appointed Kathryn Garcia on Saturday to be the city's sanitation commissioner. 

Garcia, a Brooklyn native, is the chief operating officer of the Department of Environmental Protection. She has worked in that department for eight years, in several positions.

At the beginning of her career, Garcia was an intern in the Sanitation Department. 

“The job we do in Sanitation is vital to the safety, the commerce and the health of the city of New York," Garcia said.

She begins April 1. 

She will replace John Doherty, 75, who is retiring. 

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