Salisbury Mayor Gives State of City Address, New City Administrator is Hired

Mar 12, 2014

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Mayor Jim Ireton told an audience gathered on the campus of Salisbury University last night that the state of the city was sound.

The Mayor along with City Council President Jake Day declared Salisbury the Capital of the Eastern Shore touting accomplishments with of the previous year during his state of the city address.

The Mayor also touted last year’s downtown New Year’s Eve party in downtown that drew 33-hundred “the crowning achievement of the year.”

In addition, the Mayor revealed that city officials were looking at getting a state grant to demolish the old Daily Times building near Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this would be the first major step in creating a medical school in the downtown area since the hospital and other partners announced the project more than a year ago.

 City Administrator Hired

Tom Stevenson has been the acting city administrator in Salisbury since last July has been hired permanently for the job.

The City Council confirmed Ireton’s appointment on Monday night.

He replaces John Pick, who after 19 years retired and took a similar job in Colorado.

Stevenson has worked for the city since 1988 and was appointed the first and only director of Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance in 2007.

Ireton floated Stevenson’s name back in November but it was rejected by the city council who wanted to advertise the position.

In the end Stevenson was the last man standing out of three finalists.