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Santiago appointed as acting commissioner of purchasing

Lourdes Santiago, former At-Large Toledo City Councilwoman and Senior Attorney in the Department of Law, will rejoin Toledo city government as Acting Commissioner of Purchasing.  Her appointment by Toledo Mayor Finkbeiner took effect on September 4, 2007.

Santiago served in the City of Toledo Law Department from 1983 to 2006.  While there, she served as a prosecutor in the criminal division and an attorney in the civil division where she assisted with the development of policy and legislation. 

Some of her major projects in the civil division included the implementation of the Family Medical Leave Act, methane gas recoupment, recycling initiatives, and operational mergers.  Santiago has held a number of interim positions within Toledo city government including Commissioner of Community Development, Manager of Code Enforcement, Commissioner of Environmental and Consumer Health, Commissioner of Building Inspection, Director of Development, and Director of Neighborhoods.

She was appointed to City Council as an at-large member to fill the unexpired term of Bob McCloskey, who is on assignment as inmate #43563 at FCI Ashland with final discharge on July 3, 2008 (but eligible for half way house placement on January 4, 2008).    

Santiago earned a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1975 and is a 1979 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law.  She is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, University of Toledo Alumni Association, Toledo Sister Cities International, and the NAACP.  She earned a Diamante Award in 2000 in the field of Public Service. Prior to her return to city government, Santiago was employed by the law firm of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault, & Schaffer.







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