The Obama administration will create a White House Office of Urban Policy to provide and coordinate federal resources for cities.
Obama transition co-chair Valerie declined to divulge any names of potential choices for the post. "I'm sure there are plenty of candidates. It's a great job," Jarrett said.
Despite the many national problems confronting the new administration, she continued, Obama remains committed to earlier pledges to establish such an office. "Because he began as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, he understands at the local level is really where you can impact change and that local government can play a vital role as we try to jump start our economy," she said. "So having somebody in the White House, because there are so many different agencies that really can impact urban America and to have one person whose job it is to really pull all of that together, is really a critical position. And there are plenty of terrific candidates for that spot."
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley's tenure alone suggests he would be a reasonable candidate. He was also an advocate for Obama during the primary season and served as an excited delegate at the Democratic National Convention. His biography on the city website sure could work as a resume if he was interested.