Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his choice Friday for the city's new comptroller.
“I am pleased to have Dan Widawsky join the City of Chicago’s finance team," Emanuel said, noting the former Citadel, LLC managing director's 20-plus years of experience in the finance, tax and legal profession.
Widawsky succeeds Amer Ahmad who resigned from his job this summer to work in the private sector and whose work for the city was scrutinized after he was indicted in Ohio on charges of money laundering, bribery and public corruption.
An outside audit of Ahmad showed there was no indication he defrauded Chicago.
Emanuel said Widawsky will assume his new role on Jan. 31 after city council approval.
“Dan is committed to ensuring the efficient management of City finances," Emanuel said, "and he will serve a key role in continuing my administration’s efforts to strengthen the City’s fiscal health, address our long-term obligations, and invest in Chicago’s future.”
Widawsky previously was a partner and senior member of Citadel, LLC's financial team. He also served as a Senior Executive at GE and was a vice president at NBC.
“Chicago is a wonderful city," Widawsky said, "and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Mayor’s finance team. My efforts will be focused on managing the City’s resources efficiently and effectively on behalf Chicago residents and taxpayers.”