Onuoha Leaves as City’s Liason

William Onuoha

After six years as the city’s neighborhood coordinator/district representative to Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Mission Hill and the Fenway, William Onuoha stepped down from the position Friday to join the staff of Northeastern University.

Onuoha was scheduled to begin work yesterday in his new role as the community liaison for the college’s Office of City and Community Affairs.

In his role with Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Onuoha worked closely with residents and civic organizations, including the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), among others.

BHCA Executive Director Suzanne Besser praised Onuoha’s performance on the job.

“Whether it has been helping us get a brick sidewalk replaced, a Christmas tree lit, a Golden Broom Award presented, a meeting scheduled with city officials or a strategy to protect our neighborhood from institutional expansion, Will has always been there for us,” Besser said. “We will miss him.”

In a Jan. 4 e-mail announcing his resignation that was obtained by the Times, Onuoha expressed his gratitude to the many residents and neighborhood organizations that he forged partnerships with during his time with the city.

“Through our steadfast devoted partnerships, we have fought many battles to preserve the integrity of our neighborhoods,” Onuoha wrote, “and through it all, we have succeeded in strengthening the fabric of our neighborhoods”.

Onuoha also offered thanks to his many colleagues in and outside of City Hall, especially Menino, whom he described as the “hardest working mayor in the history of Boston.”

Meanwhile, Onuoha’s successor with the city has yet to be named.

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