On His First Day In Office, Brandon Johnson Signs Executive Orders

After being sworn in as Chicago’s mayor on Monday, Brandon Johnson immediately signed his first set of executive orders, the majority of which created new positions of authority within the municipal administration.

On Monday afternoon, the mayor’s office issued a press statement in which Johnson stated, “As your Mayor, it’s my duty to take bold, immediate action to build a better, stronger, safer Chicago.”

The first of four directives calls for the city’s Office of Budget and Management to examine the funding options for youth employment and enrichment programs in the fiscal year 2023 budget in an effort to increase youth employment. In addition, the order directs the Mayor’s Office to organize youth employment and enrichment programs across city sister agencies and city departments for summer internships and community service opportunities, according to the news release.

The first of the three executive orders Johnson signed creating new deputy mayor positions are for a deputy mayor for immigrant, migrant, and refugee rights. The individual who fills the position will be in charge of organizing and communicating efforts made by the city to support immigrants, refugees, and migrants, whether they are long-term residents or recent arrivals.

In accordance with the directive, all department heads for the city are required to report to the deputy mayor “to assist with efforts to address immediate needs and long-standing policy and programmatic goals to ensure the efficacy of Chicago’s status as a welcoming and sanctuary city.”

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Additional executive orders create a deputy mayor for community safety who will work on “eradicating the root causes of crime and violence and advance a comprehensive, healing-centered approach to community safety” as well as a deputy mayor for labor relations.

In addition to fostering, promoting, and developing the welfare of Chicago’s wage earners, job searchers, and retirees, this post will “enable coordination to improve working conditions, advance new employment opportunities, and protect workers’ rights.”

Former Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a number of executive orders just before she left office, including those establishing youth commissions, pension advance funds, and ensuring the execution of the “We Will Chicago” plan.

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