James Destino is coming back to Gloucester City Hall.
The former City Council president who served as Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken's chief administrative officer for the first 18 months of her term and stepped down in June will return to the job later this month.
The mayor announced Tuesday that Destino, who stepped aside earlier this year to spend more time with his family and focus on his family's business, Destino's Subs on Prospect Street, will reprise his role Nov. 28.
Under the city charter, the mayor has the authority to appoint a chief administrative officer for 90 days. However, the announcement from the mayor's office said that she will seek City Council approval for a permanent appointment that would carry throughout 2017.
Destino was succeeded last spring by Daniel Smith, who was appointed by the mayor in May and transitioned into the job as Destino bowed out in June after council passage of the fiscal 2017 budget. Smith was then shifted into the position of community development director in late July, when Tom Daniel left that Gloucester job for a similar post in Salem.
Despite hosting a series of interviews with candidates, Romeo Theken had not hired anyone for the city's No. 2 executive position, and had approached Destino in recent days about returning to his City Hall role.
"Jim’s expertise lies in knowing instinctively what the city needs, and he cares as deeply about Gloucester as I do,” the mayor said Tuesday. “In the past few months, we have built up our team with talented people and Jim’s leadership will help focus the Administration on moving the city’s initiatives forward."
Staff writer Ray Lamont can be reached at 978-675-2705, or via email at email@example.com.