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Job descriptions for Sofley, Paris

City Manager David Treme provided these job descriptions and accomplishments for Doug Paris and John Sofley, the city’s two assistant city managers.
Doug Paris
• Directs federal, state and local intergovernmental affairs on behalf of the city in Raleigh and Washington, D.C.
• Directs overall strategic planning efforts, including working with various city entities to develop departmental and division strategic plans.
• Coordinates and leads the city’s newly formed public information and communications team, including marketing for the city and Fibrant.
• Protects the city’s interests on the Yadkin River regarding Alcoa.
• Guided the city through two major City Council goals. First, aided passage of the local bill to authorize the city to have an occupancy tax and tourism board.
Second, ushered legislation that allowed Salisbury to have equal representation on the Rowan-Kannapolis ABC Board.
• Coordinated the award of more than $2 million in federal funds, including funding for police officers and the continuation of the Catawba College Meadowbrook phase of the Salisbury Greenway.
• Secured full exemption for the city from a proposed law that would have harmed Fibrant.
John Sofley
• Currently the city’s management services director. Will maintain those responsibilities and take on new duties.
• Responsible for citywide budgeting and all financial activities of the city including accounting, revenue collections, licensing, payroll, budget preparation, purchasing, investments and cash management.
• Responsible for citywide purchasing, information technology, facility maintenance, forecasting and debt service.
• Will be responsible for managing the Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Services Department, including fleet management, traffic operations, solid waste, transit, street and storm water management.
• Treme says, “Given John’s financial background and his long experience with Salisbury, I think he is uniquely qualified to serve as assistant city manager.”
Both the city budget and audit meet or exceed all guidelines of the Government Finance Officers Association, Treme said.

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