NEWBURGH - At a special meeting on June 5, 2013, the Mayor and City Council passed a resolution appointing James Slaughter, Director of Business and Industrial Development, as Interim City Manager. This appointment supersedes the previous appointment of Police Chief Michael Ferrara as Interim City Manager following the resignation of Richard Herbek.
Mayor Judy Kennedy stated, "We are very grateful to Chief Ferrara for stepping up to the plate on short notice following the resignation of the previous City Manager. His willingness to serve in this capacity whenever called upon is much appreciated, and he has always served the City well. However, his responsibilities as Police Chief would make it extremely difficult for him to fulfill the duties of both positions for an extended period of time while we search for a permanent City Manager."
Mr. Slaughter has more than 20 years of municipal and private sector experience in urban, economic and riverfront development. He holds a Masters in Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Vermont College. He specializes in historical preservation, riverfront analysis, land use and facilities planning.
The Mayor added, "Despite the recent setback, the Council intends to continue to steer the course of the City in a positive direction. The initiatives we have set in place will continue and new ones will follow; with the help of the State Comptroller, we will create a fiscally responsible budget, and we remain committed to revitalizing this City. Mr. Slaughter’s extensive background and experience will help us maintain the progress we have made during the search process."