CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has appointed local government veteran and distant Daley family relative Theresa Mintle as his chief of staff.

Mintle, 46, has been chief of staff to Chicago Transit Authority Board Chairman Terry Peterson for the last four years.

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She will oversee day-to-day operations for the new mayor.

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Mintle is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

She worked in City Hall in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, under Mayor Richard M. Daley in his earlier years in office, Crain’s reported.

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Mintle is also a distant relative of Mayor Daley’s. Her paternal grandmother was a cousin of Mayor Daley’s mother, Eleanor “Sis” Daley, according to Crain’s.