White House Names New Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers

Jay Williams (photo courtesy of the City of Youngstown)

The White House's efforts to rebuild the auto industry have a new leader.

Jay Williams, the current mayor of Youngstown, Ohio -- an factory town near a General Motors assembly plant  -- will be the director of a revamped Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

According to a press release, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made the announcement today in Flint, Michigan. The auto recovery office is part of the US Department of Labor.

In June 2009, President Obama created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers and the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. The post of director had been vacant since the previous head left last year. Jay Williams takes the helm on August 8.