Salisbury’s Acting City Administrator Julia Glanz has been hired as the new City Administrator.
Mayor Jake Day, who requested the City Council approved the hiring, said the decision was made after much discussion and consideration of other candidates.
“We had many applicants,” Day told Salisbury Independent. “I reviewed 29 applications. Many more came in, well over 100, and I reviewed 29 at my level. I conducted seven interviews.
“We narrowed it down to three finalists and one person received an offer,” he said. “Our first choice was Julia.”
Glanz is only a recent university graduate.
“So we have a young and energetic and exciting city administrator,” Day said. “This is a person who has value beyond her years,” he said.
Glanz will be paid in a range of $80,000 to $100,000 annually, Day said.
“She has proven that she can handle the most daunting and challenging tasks and a multitude of issues and priorities and balance them with ease,” Day said. “She shows that she really cares about, not only the citizens and employees, but she protects the taxpayers as well. That is emphasized in every conversation she is in.”
Glanz, who was hired during Jim Ireton’s administration, was originally selected as Assistant City Administrator; she has been in the acting role since December.
At that time, then-Administrator Tom Stevenson moved to Public Works and assumed the title of operations chief. Glanz took over for Stevenson while a national search was conducted for a new city administrator.
Jack Heath, president of the Salisbury City Council, called Glanz “a fantastic choice.”
“She’s proven her capability and her ability. I look forward to working with her,” he said.
As administrator, Glanz will report to the mayor and be responsible for the daily management and administration of city policies and procedures. She will prepare the annual city budget, supervise special projects, handle complaints from the public and advise the mayor and City Council of problems or concerns.
When Stevenson left the position to go to Public Works, and Glanz took over for him, Day said the two had worked “almost as co-city administrators for the last 12 months.”
Glanz, he said, would “have no trouble delivering on all of my – and your – expectations of the chief operating officer of the city.”
A 2011 graduate of Salisbury University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management, Glanz also earned a master’s degree at SU, in conflict analysis and dispute resolution.
“During her time as Assistant City Administrator, Julia has managed a variety of large projects, which were well beyond the scope of what was expected from previous employees in her position,” Day said.
“Julia has been instrumental in keeping the fire service agreement process moving forward, while also helping to improve relations with the county. She has overseen the creation and delivery of the city’s CIP and budget, and served as the event producer for the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the city’s history, 2016’s NYE at Headquarters Live,” the mayor said.
Just last week, Glanz was the Public Servant Award winner for WeHeartSBY.
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