Birmingham recognizes outgoing city manager
By Kevin Elliott
Outgoing Birmingham City Manager Joe Valentine was recognized by city commissioners at their meeting on Monday, December 21, for his more than two decades of service to the city with the unanimous approval of a park bench dedication in Valentine’s honor, which will be placed on the west side of city hall, facing Shain Park.
Valentine, who started in 1997 as an intern with the city and was appointed city manager in 2014, submitted his resignation in October to “explore new opportunities.”
During his 24 years with the city, Valentine has served in eight different positions, including management specialist, human resources director, assistant city manager and two stints as interim city manager prior to becoming city manager. Former city manager Tom Markus will replace Valentine on January 1, 2021.
Valentine’s departure is one of several recent resignations this year in the city. Valentine, for his own part, thanked the commission and staff, and gave his respect to those he worked with over the years, including former mayor Eleanor “Coco” Siewert, who has been lauded for her ethics and civility in local government.
“As a community, we are lucky to have so many talented individuals working in support of the city, and I’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of elected officials, hundreds of staff members and thousands of residents and community stakeholders that have all contributed to the success this community shares,” Valentine said. “First, I’d like to thank and acknowledge former mayor and commissioner Coco Siewert, whose encouragement to look at Birmingham for opportunities turned into a career. Thank you Mayor Dimples.”
Valentine also expressed his appreciation to former city manager Tom Markus, former assistant city manager Dan Schulte, city attorney Tim Currier, and commissioners Mark Nickita and Stuart Sherman. Lastly, he thanked his staff, as well as his wife Sarah.
“With so many nights receiving text messages requesting if I’m coming home for dinner or not, I do appreciate all of her support during those long nights and long weeks,” he said.