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Garcetti makes first hire

Ana Guerrero. (13859)
Ana Guerrero.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti announced today that he hired his chief of staff for the past five years to stick with him in the same capacity when he is installed as the city’s chief executive next month.

Ana Guerrero, who has worked for Garcetti a total of 12 years, will follow him to the mayor’s office. The appointment was Garcetti’s first as he prepares to take office.

Like Garcetti, Guerrero plans to focus on cutting taxpayer costs and revitalizing neighborhoods.

“Together, we’re going to build on this foundation with new solutions to fix City Hall and strengthen communities citywide,” Garcetti said.

Guerrero is a first generation Mexican American, born to migrant farm workers, according to Garcetti’s office. She worked as a community organizer before joining his City Council staff in 2001.

“I am honored and humbled for this opportunity to serve the people of Los Angeles,” Guerrero said. “Mayor-elect Garcetti’s ‘back-to-basics’ agenda is what Los Angeles needs to move forward, and I’m going to make sure he has the tools he needs to get the job done.”

Guerrero was named Garcetti’s chief of staff in 2008.