Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on her first day in office appointed a former Lincoln city councilman who was key in development of Pinnacle Bank Arena to lead the city's Urban Development Department.

If approved by the City Council, Dan Marvin would head the department that is the city's redevelopment authority, manages public parking, and coordinates the acquisition and sales of city property, among other tasks.

In a news release, Gaylor Baird said Marvin's work as a financial adviser, four years as an at-large council member and service as the secretary and executive director for the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency from 2009 to 2013 make him "exceptionally qualified" for the job.

Marvin, who has lived in Lincoln since 1978, has served on various committees and boards, including a city economic development task force and, most recently, chaired an affordable-housing subcommittee for the South of Downtown Community Development Organization.

"I am excited to be working at the city and addressing issues, from livable neighborhoods to economic opportunity,” Marvin said in a news release.

Marvin would succeed former director David Landis, who resigned last week.

The mayor also appointed four aides who will help her run the office overseen by chief of staff Jennifer Brinkman, including a holdover from the Chris Beutler administration and two staffers from her election campaign.

Alyssa Martin, an attorney at the Lincoln firm Rembolt Ludtke, will join the mayor's office after working on corporate litigation, contracts and mediation for the firm since 2017.

She had previously worked for a law firm in Silicon Valley in California, where she helped startup companies secure financing, go public and govern themselves, the news release said.

A Lincoln Southwest High School graduate, Martin holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Jon Carlson will continue his work with departments that include Lincoln Transportation and Utilities, Planning and Urban Development under the new mayor.

Carlson served as an aide to Beutler for all three of his terms and had been on the City-County Planning Commission for eight years.

The mayor also named her campaign manager, Kevin Cass, and deputy campaign manager, Adelle Burk, as aides in her administration.

Cass has lived in Lincoln since 2008 and has worked on all of Gaylor Baird's campaigns for city office.

Outside of the campaign, he recently worked for Nelnet in communications and marketing.

Burk, an Omaha native, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012 and has worked for several nonprofits, including Nebraska Appleseed, where she pushed for policies expanding health care access, according to the news release.

Burk has served as an assistant in the Nebraska Legislature, worked on the campaigns of state Sens. Patty Pansing Brooks and Anna Wishart, and also fought for LGBTQ rights in the community.

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