Chief Comm. Officer - Lt. Commander Deanna Troi (Betazoid/Human)
Heh, I always thought that would be a more effective role for a TNG Troi, too: Instead of having her just sat there to one side of the captain muttering obvious analyses of badguy-of-the-week and "sensing tremendous pain/anger/whatever
", give her a proper console to work from and have those telepathic skills be put to use to assist in facilitating communications with alien lifeforms.
Coulda kept the tight blue sciences uniform on throughout the entire series, too...
It would have given her something else to do as well and would also tie in with the counselling/psychology thing as well. She could have been an all round communications/counselling/diplomatic officer.
Had the E-D bridge been the GEN style from the beginning, she could have manned one of the side consoles.
Commander Austin Harris, First Officer, Deep Space Nine (by FltCpt. Bossco)
8.01 - Darkest Before Dawn
(Chapter 8 added, 12/09/2015)