President Donald Trump said today he intends to nominate former Syracuse mayor Roy A. Bernardi to serve on the U.S. Postal Service board of governors, helping to oversee an embattled organization that serves as one of the nation’s largest employers.
If confirmed by the Senate, Bernardi, 78, will fill one of four vacancies on the Postal Service Board. The position pays $30,000 per year and $300 per day for meetings.
Bernardi moved from Syracuse to Washington, D.C. in 2001 to serve as an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush.
He was later promoted to HUD deputy secretary, overseeing the agency’s 8,500 employees and $38 billion annual budget.
Since leaving government service, Bernardi has worked in the private sector. Most recently he’s run his own government consulting firm in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va.