York City's new economic and community development director will start working June 2.
Leonardo McClarty will fill the position most recently held by Kevin Schreiber, who was elected to the state House in May.
McClarty has served as the president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in Georgia since 2004, according to his resume, which you can take a look at here.
In that position, McClarty has been responsible for a $650,000 annual budget and the supervision of five employees.
He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in city and regional planning.
The York City Council unanimously approved McClarty's appointment Tuesday. He will earn an annual salary of $95,500.
The job of economic and community development director includes supervision of the city's housing, health and permits and zoning bureaus. In the role, McClarty will also serve as the city's liaison to the Redevelopment Authority.
McClarty did not attend Tuesday's meeting.
Long process: Mayor Kim Bracey said she was "ecstatic" after the council's vote.
The search for someone to replace Schreiber has been a long process, she said.
"We couldn't be more pleased," she said. "June 2 will be a very, very happy day in my life for sure."
Bracey called the appointment "a forward and bold move."
She said McClarty is worth the $95,500 salary — which exceeds the $79,341 the city budgeted for the position this year.
Councilman Michael Helfrich said he is "not thrilled" about the salary. But, he said, he's confident the city has the funds to cover the increase following the resignation of business administrator Michael O'Rourke this week.
"I think we can use some of that money to offset the cost." Helfrich said. "Once we start this ball rolling, we've got to keep up with it."
Bracey said the city is seeing savings already because she merged the community development director and economic development director into one job several years ago.
York City is "a delicate place" and needs "to step forward and make some big moves," Councilman David Satterlee said.
Council President Carol Hill-Evans said she supports McClarty's appointment and the salary.
"If we don't look forward, we won't move forward," she said.
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