BOSTON — In his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will need to describe his plans for helping the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while handing off his responsibilities to an interim mayor.

Walsh, 53, was nominated last week by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as labor secretary. If confirmed, Walsh would be the first union member to serve in the role in nearly half a century. 

If Walsh takes the position, Boston’s city charter states the City Council President Kim Janey would serve as acting mayor until the next election later this year. Janey would be the first woman and person of color to lead the city.

The mayor said he is planning a speech Tuesday that will describe “an ambitious agenda.”

“We will celebrate the many accomplishments and milestones we achieved together this past year, and our continued progress and resilience in the face of adversity,” he wrote in an announcement for the speech.

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