Bloomberg Said to Tap Former Indianapolis Mayor Goldsmith as Deputy Mayor

To fill a vacant Deputy Mayor post, the Bloomberg administration has selected the former mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith, multiple people informed of the decision said Thursday. 

The mayor’s spokesman, Stu Loeser, declined to confirm or deny the selection.

Goldsmith, currently a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, was a Republican mayor known for innovation and reform in Indianapolis, portrayed by the national press as a maverick eager to shake up bureaucracy.

A look at his resume suggests the mayor wanted someone to shake things up, as opposed to going with an insider candidate. 

The Economist once dubbed him “one of America’s leading lights in local government reform,” and the Washington Post said he “has emerged as the prime architect of Bush’s domestic policy agenda” in the run-up to the 2000 presidential election.

He likes cutting taxes, favors adding accountability measures to public education, and has warned of the effects of under funded pension systems.

He also seems to be a fan of the mayor. In a column he writes for Economics21.org, he recently lauded Bloomberg and schools chancellor Joel Klein, writing the mayor has “pried open the door for innovation.”