Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposes restructured city government but declines to release details

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A proposal to streamline city government was made at a closed-door meeting Friday by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has promised to usher in a new era of transparency.

The plan to condense the mayoral Cabinet was presented to top city officials. Departments heads and cabinet chiefs who attended the meeting were told not to reveal details of the organizational chart.

Walsh’s communications director, Lisa Pollack, would not provide details. In an e-mailed statement, Pollack said the mayor “looks forward to publicly releasing his plans for the final Cabinet reorganization next week.”

People who attended the meeting but who were not authorized to speak publicly said Walsh proposed 12 to 14 Cabinet chiefs, but the number remains fluid. Mayor Thomas M. Menino had 20 people in his Cabinet.

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