Jim Whelan, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff’s chief of staff, will become senior vice president for public affairs at Muss Development sometime in January, according to an informed source. He will be playing the role there that the late Harvey Schultz played—though people who knew Schultz, a legend in Brooklyn politics and development circles, say that no one will quite be able to fill his shoes.
Mr. Whelan got to know Josh Muss while director of the Downtown Brooklyn Council from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Whelan later ran the Hudson Yards Coalition, a pro-stadium group of businesses, labor groups and community leaders, before joining the Bloomberg administration.
Schultz, a former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection and an aide to former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, died in September at age 66.