City Council praises Paris after first year as city manager
SALISBURY — New City Manager Doug Paris passed his first evaluation with flying colors, City Council members said Tuesday.
“As a whole, he got an excellent review,” Mayor Paul Woodson said.
Paris, who beat 69 candidates for the job in March 2012, continues to receive his original $135,000 salary. Most city employees received a $1,000 raise last year, but Paris donated his to the employee Christmas luncheon fund.
Woodson praised Paris’ work to improve the city’s financial health and launch the One Stop Shop for development, which he said has made Salisbury more business-friendly.
Developers and business owners have a more positive image of the city, Woodson said.
“They have a lot more confidence,” he said.
Councilman Brian Miller thanked Paris for his “fiscal stewardship” and praised the city’s ongoing work to stabilize Salisbury neighborhoods.
Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell called Paris a “visionary” and praised his creation of the City Manager Leadership Academy, an in-house program to develop leaders within the ranks of city employees.
Paris also strengthened the city’s diversity and made good decisions regarding the budget, Fibrant and management team, Blackwell said.
Councilwoman Karen Alexander said Paris is a strategic thinker with excellent leadership skills.
“You’re very creative and have wisdom beyond your years,” she said.
At age 28, Paris is one of the youngest city managers in the state for a city Salisbury’s size.
Councilman Pete Kennedy was absent, but Woodson said Kennedy agreed Paris was doing an excellent job.
“I’m very thankful that I was given the opportunity to lead at such a young age, and we have a great team here,” Paris said.
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