John Pick


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.”

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Mayor Jim Ireton has decided to reopen the search to fill the Salisbury’s City Administrtor’s job now occupied by Tom Stevenson on an interim basis.

Council President Jake Day said yesterday that there was no consensus on the council to conduct interviews after Ireton submitted the names of Stevenson and former assistant administrator Lore’ Chambers.

Ireton dismissed Chambers after a public exchange.

He said he nominated her along with Stevenson because he promised he would do so with the departure of longtime City Administrator John Pick.


After 18 years as city administrator John Pick is leaving the city of Salisbury to become city manager in Northglenn, Colorado.

The 62-year old city official has overseen dramatic changes during those years with the population growing from 20-thousand to 30-thosuand since 1990.

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Even as longtime Salisbury City Administrator John Pick prepares to depart this week Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to add a new position directly under the administrator.

It would be the second such position and would provide a salary of between $61-thousand to $98-thousand.     

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a memo signed by top city departments including the police and fire chiefs said the additional position is needed because of technological advances as well as increasing mandates and overall growth of the government.

Tom Stevenson will be taking over the city administrator’s job in Salisbury on an interim basis but he told a news conference that he does plan to apply for the position.

He is head of the Neighborhood Services and code Compliance Department and has worked with just about every department over the last quarter century.

Stevenson will be replacing John Pick who announced his retirement this week and will depart June 28th.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the city will hire a consultant in the national search for Pick’s replacement.

John Pick has been a regular fixture at Salisbury City Council meeting for the last 18 years as City Administrator.

But, at the age 62 he announced that is leaving his Eastern Shore job effective June 28th for the city manager position in Northglenn, Colorado.

Financially, it is a step up from his current pay of $96-thousand to $133-thousand.

Pick said that he was moving to be closer to his sons to assume broader responsibilities and to take advantage of the retirement benefits from the city that he has earned over the years.