A leadership shift months in the making was announced on Tuesday by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.
City Administrator Tom Stevenson, Salisbury’s former former Director of Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance, will move to Public Works, holding the title of Operations Chief.
Day said that with his focus on city infrastructure, having Stevenson working on Public Works projects would be of extra value to his administration.
Assistant City Administrator Julia Glanz will assume Stevenson’s role while a national search is conducted for a new City Administrator.
Both Glanz and Stevenson were elevated to their positions during then-Mayor Jim Ireton’s administration. Glanz’s role in city business has been seen as expanding in scope during Day’s first year in office.
Stevenson will be responsible for trash collection, recycling, street maintenance, street signs, street lights and parks maintenance.
The city will not be adding a position to Public Works. Longtime City Service Center Director Howard Landon will retire, allowing for a department reorganization.
Public Works Director Mike Moulds will continue in his leadership role.
Glanz is expected to be a candidate for the City Administrator’s position. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University, where she also received a bachelor’s in Business Management in 2011.
Day’s comments from Tuesday’s announcement:
“I’m very excited about this transition. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Howard Landon for his service with the ity of Salisbury. Howard will be retiring at the end of February after nearly 50 years with us. He has participated in and overseen countless projects over the course of his career. Howard remains, as he has always been, a loyal public servant. I ask that you all join me in wishing him health and happiness in his upcoming retirement.
“We have been preparing for this change for some time. This is something that Tom has sought and that Mike Moulds, Julia Glanz and I have supported, when the right time came. Tom has been an incredible asset to our city as the City Administrator, and he will continue to be as the person directly responsible for making sure the physical infrastructure of our city shines. Julia and Tom have worked almost as Co-City Administrators for the last 12 months and she will have no trouble delivering on all of my – and your – expectations of the chief operating officer of the city. The most important place for Tom’s talents right now is in ensuring that our streets, streetlights, sidewalks, sanitation services and river are in their absolute best condition. Tom’s talents will provide polish our city deserves and needs in order to shine as brightly as we know it can.”
Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at email@example.com