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Newark's economic crisis steward to tackle Mississippi city

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's capital city will bring in an outside consultant to help with the upcoming fiscal year budget.

The Jackson mayor's chief of staff, Safiya Omari, tells the Clarion Ledger that the city plans to have Michelle Thomas of the Thomas Consulting Group.

Thomas was the business administrator during then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker's administration, and was credited with steering the budget through an economic crisis by cutting the city's deficit by more than half. She's also a former deputy mayor of New Orleans and was most recently the executive director of the Louisiana Housing Corporation.

Omari said the city couldn't afford to hire her as its director of finance and administration. Instead, Jackson's chief administrative officer, Robert Blaine, will take on the role for now, following Charles Hatcher's resignation.

Information from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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