Utica, NY (WIBX) - The City of Utica has a new Economic Development Commissioner.

Mayor David Roefaro has appointed Brian Thomas to the role on an interim basis for the remainder of the year.

Roefaro said he made the decision to keep progression in the Economic Development Office.

Previous Commissioner Randy Soggs recently resigned from the position.

Thomas has worked in City Hall for many years, most recently in Urban Planning.