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City Council names James “Jim” S. Greene Jr. to city manager role
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City Council names James “Jim” S. Greene Jr. to city manager role

Salisbury City Council today appointed James “Jim” S. Greene, Jr., current assistant city manager in Raleigh, as Salisbury’s next city manager.

Greene, a native of Lenoir, N.C., will serve as Salisbury’s chief administrative officer, working directly with City Council on the affairs and needs of the city. He will lead more than 400 full and part-time employees, and direct development, preparation and the presentation of the city’s annual budget. Greene also will work closely with other local, state and federal governmental agencies to coordinate initiatives involved in providing cost-effective services to Salisbury residents, business owners and visitors.

“Jim Greene, our unanimous choice for the City Manager position, is the stand out candidate who met all the qualifications based on his education, experience, references and values, which were originally set out by City Council,” said Salisbury Mayor Karen K. Alexander. “We are excited for him to work with Council and with our excellent staff to implement a very robust strategic plan and vision for Salisbury’s bright future. That future includes meeting the challenges of responsible growth, managing public safety, and providing an environment that creates opportunity for all, inside and outside the walls of City Hall.”

“I wish to thank Mayor Alexander and the Salisbury City Council for inviting me to serve as City Manager of Salisbury,” said Greene. “I am honored to be selected for this position, and I am very excited about working with Mayor and Council to implement their vision of a City that provides opportunities for all. Salisbury is known for quality, customer-focused services and I feel fortunate to join the team of dedicated employees that serve the community. I look forward to collaborating with businesses, neighborhoods, educational institutions, regional governments and others to develop effective partnerships to move Salisbury forward.”  

With more than 30 years of public service experience, Greene has experience supervising Raleigh’s economic development, planning, development services, convention and performing arts centers, environmental sustainability, utilities and engineering services departments. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities, he has worked with Raleigh City Council, departments and community stakeholders on addressing resident and business concerns, managing growth and improving service delivery. Additional tasks include developing and managing city teams charged with a wide range of issues, including City Council's strategic plan, while promoting service equity and inclusion.  

Greene’s 15-year tenure with the City of Concord began in 1999 as assistant manager for operations. There, he directly supervised operational functions, such as police, fire, parks and recreation, communications, development plans review, public housing, technology and the airport. His promotion to deputy city manager in 2003 led to supervision of 300 employees, spanning 11 service areas with budgets totaling more than $130 million.

Greene also held management and budget positions with the City of Rock Hill, S.C., the City of Las Vegas, Nev., and the Government Finance Officers Association in Chicago.

He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute and International City/County Manager’s Association (ICMA) Gettysburg Leadership Institute.

Greene’s first day with the City of Salisbury is Monday, May 23. His annual salary will be $210,000.



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On September 11, 2020 the City was notified of a second allocation of CDBG-CV funds in the amount of $200,221. To deploy these funds, Council will have to adopt an amendment to the FY20-21 Annual Action Plan to describe, broadly speaking, how the funds will be utilized. City Council held a public hearing on December 1 and opened a public comment period that ended on December 25, 2020. A draft was presented at the January 5, 2021 City Council meeting, and a public comment period closed on January 12, 2021.

A new draft for the use of the CDBG funds is now available for public review, the file is available below.

CAPER Public Review Draft

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Executive Order 185:

  • Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order established under Executive Order 181
  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Allows many businesses to operate at 50% capacity
  • Extends onsite service of alcohol until 11 p.m.
  • Lifts the 100-person cap on some businesses that were operating at 30% capacity
  • Allows some indoor businesses – including bars and taverns, indoor amusement parks, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas – to open at 30% capacity (with a cap of 250 people)
  • Allows larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 people to open at 15% capacity with no cap (as long as additional safety protocols in place)
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 25 people (the outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50 people)

Each of these routes arrives and departs from the central Transfer Site on Depot St. Any bus you board can take you to the Transfer Site. Any member of the public may ride on the bus. The buses do not operate on holidays.

Please note that the last time listed for a stop indicates the last bus will be traveling to that location and no further transfers are available.

Travel Mask Mandate

The Transit Security Administration issued a security directive effective on February 1, 2021 requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Conveyance operators must also require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.

This Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.

People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States. A copy of the Transportation Security Administration’s security directive can be found at

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

Covid-19: What are the 3 w's for COVID-19? 1 Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth. 2 Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact. 3 Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Stay safe. When outside, stay at least 6 ft. apart.

Covid-19: social distancing in public parks and trails

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