Thursday May 23, 2013
When Deputy City Manager Bob Rusten announced that his city employment would come to an end, it went without saying that his successor would have large shoes to fill. Interim City Manager Kevin Dorn called internally for help to replace Rusten, and within a week, four people came forward. The individual chosen for the Interim Deputy City Manager position is a familiar face--a face that’s seen 34 years of city service and exudes a genuine love for the City of South Burlington.
Stepping up for the position is Director of Recreation & Parks, Tom Hubbard.
City Council approved Hubbard’s appointment as Interim Deputy City Manager as part of its May 20 Consent Agenda, and councilors also approved Hubbard to take over Rusten’s other role as City Treasurer.
Hubbard’s dedication to South Burlington stems back to the Fall of 1979. He was the city’s first Assistant Director of Recreation under then Director Bruce O’Neill, and he took over as director when O’Neill retired in 2003. Assistant Director of Recreation Todd Goodwin (who will take over as Interim Director of Recreation and Parks when Hubbard begins his new role effective June 2), Program Assistant Holly Baker, and Secretary Darla Champine accompany Hubbard in the department, with decades of experience and fond memories. Under Hubbard’s guidance, the department has received local and national recognition and honors for excellence. Family Circle magazine named South Burlington as ‘Best Town for Families’ in 2008, and South Burlington was named the #1 Sports Town in Vermont by Sports Illustrated magazine.
The other three individuals who stepped up were Director of Planning and Zoning Paul Conner, Deputy Finance Officer Sue Dorey, and HR Coordinator & Assistant Treasurer Janice Ladd. Each will pick up additional responsibilities, and Hubbard will work directly with Dorn.
“I really appreciate the fact that our in-house team decided to do what they could to get us through this period of time, so I thank them all for doing that,” Interim City Manager Kevin Dorn said.
The soon-to-be Chief Administrative Officer of Burlington, Rusten will leave South Burlington after two and a half years of work. Aside from many duties including balancing the city’s financials and conferring with the interim city manager, Rusten additionally acted as Interim City Manager after Sandy Miller’s termination. City Council officially recognized Rusten for his extensive service and read aloud the Council proclamation naming May 29, 2013 as “Bob Rusten Day.”
South Burlington will certainly miss Bob Rusten and wish him the best in his Burlington endeavors, but there’s unanimous confidence in Tom Hubbard, the man who’s been enriching the lives of SB residents decade after decade, and always with a smile.
“I’m honored and excited with the appointment as Interim Deputy City Manager, and this is a wonderful opportunity for me. I look forward to working in this new capacity with the management team and a great group of Department Heads and employees, Kevin Dorn as Interim Manager, and the members of the City Council, as we all work together to serve thecommunity,” said Hubbard.
The shoe fits.
SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent