City Councillor Charles Yancey was given the chairmanship of a committee usually reserved for rookies and City Councillor Tito Jackson was tapped for a new committee focused on technology, according to committee assignments for 2013.
Yancey, who as District 4 Councillor represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan and frequently criticizes the Menino administration, had chaired the Environment and Human Rights Committee last year and presided over a fireworks-filled  hearing in December on the racial make-up of city departments. District 8 Councillor Michael Ross is taking over the environment committee’s chair this year, while keeping his job as chair of the Public Safety Committee, according to a list of committee assignments obtained by the Reporter.
District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who also represents parts of Dorchester, is the chairman of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which Yancey chaired in 2011. A freshman councillor, Baker held the Arts, Film and Tourism Committee chair last year .
District 7 Councillor Jackson, who lives Grove Hall, will chair the new Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology. “Boston, and its neighbor Cambridge, have transformed into centers for technology and innovation because of investments by public, private and non-profit institutions,” Jackson said in a statement. “The new Committee will work to build partnerships between the City of Boston and these organizations, generating further technological advancement and next-generation employment opportunities for the City. Finally, this committee will develop Boston’s standing internationally as a leader in technology, innovation and culture by strengthening relationships with foreign governments and overseas entities.”
Other members of the new committee include Councillors Rob Consalvo, Matt O'Malley, Ayanna Pressley, Baker, Ross and Yancey.
The full list of committees is available below:
ARTS, FILM and TOURISM: Yancey (chair), Pressley, Arroyo, Jackson and Ross
CITY, NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES and VETERANS AFFAIRS: LaMattina (chair), Ross, Ciommo, Consalvo, Jackson, Linehan and Yancey
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and PLANNING: Linehan (chair), O’Malley, Baker, Ciommo, Connolly, LaMattina and Pressley
EDUCATION: Connolly (chair), Jackson, Ciommo, Consalvo, LaMattina, O'Malley and Pressley
ENVIRONMENT and HUMAN RIGHTS: Ross (chair), Connolly, Arroyo, Baker, LaMattina, O'Malley and Yancey
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES AND INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Jackson (chair), Baker, Consalvo, O’Malley, Pressley, Ross and Yancey
GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS: O'Malley (chair), Yancey, Consalvo, Jackson, Linehan, Pressley and Ross
HOUSING: Consalvo (chair), Arroyo, Baker, Ciommo and O'Malley
LABOR, YOUTH AFFAIRS and HUMAN RIGHTS: Arroyo (chair), Linehan, Ciommo, Consalvo, LaMattina, O'Malley and Yancey
POST AUDIT and OVERSIGHT: Baker (chair), Arroyo, Ciommo, Connolly, Jackson, Linehan and Ross
PUBLIC SAFETY: Ross (chair), Pressley, Baker, Consalvo, Linehan, O'Malley, and Yancey
RULES and ADMINISTRATION: Murphy (chair), LaMattina, Baker, Ciommo, Jackson and Linehan
WAYS and MEANS: Ciommo (chair), LaMattina, Connolly, Consalvo, Jackson, Linehan, O'Malley, Pressley and Yancey
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: Murphy (chair) and all councillors
WOMEN and HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Pressley (chair), Consalvo, Arroyo, Jackson and Ross