Mayor Myrick names Dan Cogan as new Chief of Staff for Ithaca

The City of Ithaca announced on Tuesday that former Common Council member Dan Cogan will be the City’s new Chief of Staff. He served as fifth ward alderperson for ten years.

Dan Cogan, the City of Ithaca's next Chief of Staff.

Dan Cogan, the City of Ithaca’s next Chief of Staff.

“I am thrilled that he agreed to join the City of Ithaca team!” said Mayor Svante Myrick of Cogan on Tuesday evening. “We’re lucky to have him.”

Mr. Cogan served on the Common Council from 2002-2011, and was acting mayor under Mayor Carolyn Peterson for five years, available to fill in when the mayor couldn’t be on hand for a meeting or event.

Lou Vogel is the president of Taitem Engineering, where Cogan has worked for the last fifteen years. He says, “His organizational skills are beyond compare and while we will miss him greatly, we are happy that the city will be gaining a person who can help make good things happen!”

Cogan will be just the second Chief of Staff for the City, stepping into a job Mayor Myrick created in his first term to take some administrative tasks off the mayor’s plate. The job was held by Kevin Sutherland until last summer, when he left for a job in New England. The mayor says the role is “focused on managing and fostering cooperation between the City’s departments so that we can best serve Ithaca’s public.”

Second ward alderperson Seph Murtagh said in a statement, “As a member of the search committee for the position, I can say that we conducted a long and rigorous search process that involved several extremely impressive candidates, and Dan’s application definitely stood out.”

Mayor Myrick thanked Seph Murtagh, Deborah Mohlenhoff, Schelley Michell-Nunn, City Attorney Ari Lavine, and Controller Steve Thayer for their work on the search committee.

Cogan will start his new job on May 1st. He says, “The ten years I spent on Common Council was the most satisfying period of my career. I am grateful for the opportunity to once again serve this community. I have enormous respect for city staff and Ithaca’s elected officials, and I look forward to working with them to improve life in the city.”

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