The New York City Legal Aid Society’s board chairman will lead a search committee to find a new attorney-in-chief to replace Steven Banks, who is leaving for a post in city government.
Richard Davis said Tuesday that the committee hopes to have a candidate for the top administrative position by the end of its fiscal year on June 30.
Davis said there are no plans to appoint an interim chief administrator following Banks’ departure at the end of the month. Rather, Davis said, he and Blaine Fogg, the Legal Aid Society’s president, will take more “active” roles in resolving issues that senior staffers cannot decide on their own.
Davis said Fogg will join the search committee, as will other board members, senior managers and officials from the unions representing some of the Legal Aid Society’s 1,450 employees. All search committee members will be announced at a later date. While the group would consider candidates from around the country, Davis said, “We do believe that it is important that any candidate have a real familiarity with New York.”
Banks, attorney-in-chief, since 2004, was tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio to be commissioner of the Human Resources Administration (NYLJ, March 3). In an email to staffers late last week, Davis said Banks’ shoes would be “difficult” to fill, but that the group’s board was “confident that with our strong leadership team and dedicated and talented staff the Society is well positioned for the future.”