New city manager starts Monday

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Jul. 16—HIGH POINT — For the first time in more than a year, the city of High Point will have a permanent top administrator come Monday.

That's when Tasha Logan Ford officially begins her job as city manager.

She was hired by the City Council in May following a national search to replace Greg Demko, who resigned as manager in May 2020.

She is the first woman and first African American to serve as city manager.

"We're really excited to get her in and get her started," Mayor Jay Wagner said. "I think she's going to be spending time in the first week going around and meeting all the staff and trying to get familiar with everything that we do and kind of how things are done."

Randy McCaslin has been serving as interim manager since Demko's resignation, and he will return to his former position of deputy city manager until he retires at the end of the year.

The council approved a permanent deputy city manager position in the budget that took effect July 1. Logan Ford will make the hire for this job once McCaslin retires.

For the first time ever, this will give the city four manager positions, in addition to Logan Ford: a deputy city manager, two assistant city managers and a managing director.

Wagner said one of Logan Ford's top priorities will be preparing for High Point Market in October. He said he showed her around the market district during the spring trade show in June.

High Point is Logan Ford's first stint as a permanent city manager, although she previously served as an interim manager for Goldsboro.

Most recently, she was an assistant manager for Winston-Salem. Prior to that, she served as an assistant manager for Goldsboro and for Rocky Mount.

Logan Ford holds a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies from UNC-Greensboro and a master of public administration degree from N.C. State University. She achieved credentialed manager designation through the International City/County Management Association and is a past president of the NC City/County Management Association. — 336-888-3531

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