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Ecker sworn in as Birmingham city manager

By Grace Lovins

Birmingham’s assistant city manager Jana Ecker, poised to become city manager next month, was sworn into the new position at the commission meeting on Monday, June 5.

Ecker’s term begins July 1, 2023, after current city manager Tom Markus’ term expires.

City commissioners selected Ecker after a lengthy and thorough interview process. Ecker has worked for the city for the last 21 years beginning as a city planner and working her way up to assistant city manager and interim executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District (BSD).

Ecker’s contract was finalized on March 27, after commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the agreement. She will receive a $175,000 salary and will serve as a five-year term set to expire in 2028.

The commission congratulated Ecker on her appointment and welcomed the “new period in Birmingham history,” per mayor Therese Longe.


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