Roth hired as city manager

by Jordan Green


 Roth hired as city manager

The Greensboro City Council voted to hire Denise Turner Roth as city manager at its June 19 meeting. Roth has served as interim city manager since the departure in December of City Manager Rashad Young, who left to lead the city of Alexandria, Va. Roth was hired as an assistant city manager in 2008 by Young’s predecessor, Mitch Johnson.

Roth, who played a key role in developing the city’s $449 million fiscal year budget, is quoted in a press release as saying she plans to focus on economic development and enhancing the city’s relationship with the business community.

“Denise has proven over time that she is highly capable of leading Greensboro’s city government,” Mayor Robbie Perkins said of Roth, who is the city’s first female manager. “She has a great understanding of the city’s priorities and what it is going to take to help us accomplish our goals. Her leadership is proving valuable, and I’m confident that she will guide this organization to new heights.”

Roth began her career working for the District of Columbia. She worked as a district liaison and campaign manager for US Rep. Brad Miller. Prior to joining the city of Greensboro, Roth worked as a lobbyist in Raleigh for the Greensboro Partnership. The city press release credits her for helping secure $60 million for the Joint School of Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering in Greensboro in that capacity.

No tax increase in greensboro

The Greensboro City Council approved a $451 million budget with no changes in the tax rate during its June 19 meeting. The budget maintains the current tax rate of 63.25 cents per $100 of property valuation. That equates to $791 for a house valued at $125,000.

Donnie Turlington, a spokesman for the city, said the council voted to raise water rates by 3 percent for city property owners and by 7.5 percent for property outside of the city. The rate increase will pay for repairs and to prepare for compliance with the Jordan Lake Rules, which mandate the reduction in pollutants in the water body that is fed by the Haw River.

Another revenue change is the imposition of a $2 fee for use of city-owned parking decks after 9 p.m.