Mayor Stephanie Miner has appointed Lazarus Sims as the city’s new commissioner of the department of parks, recreation, and youth programs, according to a city press release. Sims will replace Baye Muhammad, who will be leaving the role to take a position with the city of Rochester.
According to officials, Sims currently serves as a support specialist for the Promise Zone program at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School. Previously, he had served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Binghamton University.
In addition, Sims served as director of player development for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team from 2007 through 2011.
According to officials, Sims will officially assume the position Monday, March 30.
“I am pleased to welcome Lazarus Sims to my administration,” Miner stated. “He has had a long career of making a difference in the lives of young people, and I am glad he is able to continue his service with the city of Syracuse. Through coaching, and working with students in the Syracuse City School District, Lazarus has the vision needed to help improve the lives of young people in the city of Syracuse, and I am excited to watch him turn that vision into a reality in our parks department.”
“I am so excited to be a part of Mayor Miner’s vision of improving, and maintaining our beloved city of Syracuse,” said Sims. “I am a product of our Syracuse City Schools, and the parks and recreation system, and there is no greater honor than to be able to help, and improve lives in Syracuse, as it has helped and molded me. I’m thankful to Mayor Miner, and my city, to become its next commissioner of parks and rec.”
Sims is a 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, where he was the starting point guard on the 1996 national championship runner-up basketball team. He is also an alumnus of Henninger High School.
Sims will be paid $72,000 per year in the position.