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Mayor Thomas Makes Two New Appointments In His Administration

Mayor Thomas on his radio show on WVOX

Mount Vernon – Mayor Richard W. Thomas announced in a statement, that he has named Mrs. Kristyn Briez Reed as Director of the Office of Veterans’ Affairs and promoted Mr. Curtis J. Woods P.E. to Commissioner of the Building Department, Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Reed is a veteran of the Armed Services, having served four  years in the United States Air Force. She has previously served as a case manager and social worker, managing million-dollar programs that serve hundreds of people.

“I am humbled by Mrs. Reed’s service on behalf of this country,” Mayor Thomas says in his statement. “Her time in the United States Air Force was distinguished and I am proud to see her bring her skills home to Mount Vernon. Mrs. Reed recognizes the challenges facing many veterans. Her experience is extensive and includes job coaching, resume building, and career guidance for veterans returning to public life after service. She has extensive social work and grant administration experience. Her work will help Mount Vernon serve more veterans and their families, giving them the high-quality treatment they deserve.”


“I am thankful to Mayor Richard Thomas for selecting me to serve as Director of the Mount Vernon Office of Veterans’ Service,” Mrs. Reed shares. “As a veteran myself, I look forward to bringing programs, training, classes, and other opportunities to the Mount Vernon residents who have served our country in the continental United States and abroad. I’m excited to serve my city in this role.” Prior to being named Commissioner of the Building Department, Mr. Woods served as an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, URS Consulting Firm, and as Mount Vernon’s City Engineer and Commissioner of Public Works. Like Mrs. Reed, Mr. Woods is a veteran of the armed forces retiring from the United States Army Reserves after twenty years of service.

Curtis J. Woods P.E., former Commissioner of the Department of Public Works (2012-2016) who was replaced when Thomas took over as mayor, has now been promoted to Commissioner of the Building Department, a position that has been vacant since the firing of Mark Warren in the spring. 1st Deputy Commissioner Kindra Dolman has served as Acting Commissioner of the Building Department until Mayor Thomas could fill the position permanently.

“I am also humbled by Mr. Woods’ record of service and his deep love for the people of Mount Vernon. As an engineer, he has served our country and city admirably and I am confident he will bring professionalism, structure, and efficiency to our Building Department,” Mayor Thomas says in his statement.

“In just a few days, our country will pause to honor the brave men and women who have served our country at home and abroad. It gives me pleasure to honor these two individuals with well-deserved appointments to lead departments and help move Mount Vernon forward.”

curtiswoodsMr. Woods was previously appointed in May 2000 in the dual capacity of Deputy Commissioner and City Engineer. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. Commissioner Woods received his Professional Engineering License in the State of New York in 1992. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Mount Vernon YMCA and Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association of Municipal Public Works Administrators, Inc. He is a member of the Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council, the Bronx River Watershed Coalition, served as a Democratic District Leader of the 54th District in Mount Vernon and is a member of the Omicron Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Deputy Commissioner Woods is an Iraq War Veteran (OIF II). He is a retired Major with the Engineering Branch of the United States Army Reserves with over twenty (20) years of service. Curtis, his wife and two children reside in Mount Vernon.

“I extend my thanks to Mayor Richard Thomas for this promotion,” Commissioner Curtis Woods shares. “I am eager to lead our Building Department forward and provide businesses and homeowners with a department that is efficient and meets the needs of a modern city. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Mount Vernon.”

Reed and Woods are much-needed additions in the Thomas Administration. Stay tuned to BW for more information on as it becomes available on these two latest appointments in the mayor’s 11-month-old administration, that has seen many come and go.



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