Mayor Clinton Young has tapped his 28-year-old deputy chief of staff and spokesman to be the city’s next water commissioner. Brian Bochow, Jr., will take over the job from David Ford, who is retiring after 32 years and seven mayoral administrations leading the Board of Water Supply. Ford also has been a powerful political leader, having chaired the Mount Vernon Democratic Party for 27 years through 1996. He is credited with building up the party committee from obscurity into a powerful organization in county politics.
Bochow has worked in Clinton’s administration since January 2008. He starts his new job as water commissioner Jan. 4 at a salary of $73,456. At the age of 28, he is one of the youngest commissioners in the history of the city, according a press release sent by Bochow himself.
The city’s Board of Water Supply is responsible for ensuring an adequate supply of safe water for home, business and fire-fighting purposes.