Goldsmith Quits as Deputy Mayor After 14 Months

Stephen Goldsmith, who oversaw operations as a deputy to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announced on Thursday that he would resign after just 14 months in the position.

Mr. Goldsmith, the former mayor of Indianapolis, said he was leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector after 30 years of government service.

“The change will provide me, at age 64, with more flexibility for me and my family and a secure foundation for our future,” Mr. Goldsmith said in a statement.

Caswell F. Holloway, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, will replace him.

Mr. Goldsmith entered office last year with much fanfare: a Harvard professor and expert in innovation poached from the ivory tower. But his short tenure was complicated by controversies, most notably after the city’s slow response to a crippling snowstorm in December. At a raucous City Council hearing following the blizzard, he was the one dispatched by the mayor to deliver a personal apology and to acknowledge wide-ranging mistakes.

Still, Mr. Goldsmith managed to push through a series of changes to make government more efficient, by consolidating information technology and real estate operations and creating a Web site to allow city residents to submit cost-cutting ideas.

Mr. Goldsmith, who has been on leave from Harvard since joining city government last year, said he also planned to return to academic work.

Mr. Goldsmith praised Mr. Holloway as “a person who I trust to take over for me, and whose talents are among the most exceptional I have seen in my public career.”

Mr. Holloway, in a statement, said, “We will continue to transform City services to ensure that government is doing all it can to work efficiently and effectively for the millions of people who live and work in New York City.”

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