Thursday May 09, 2013
May 2, 2013, Interim City Manager Kevin Dorn announced in a City press release that Bob Rusten will be leaving City employment to accept a position as Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Burlington.
“Over these last 2.5 years all of us have gone through so much,” Rusten said, “Whether in addressing the City’s financial issues, moving the City towards the Market Street construction and City Center or building an inclusive culture that values all of the staffs’, unions’ , management, Council’s and citizens’ input; we did it together. Leaving the people who helped attain these achievements is difficult, but it is tempered by my looking forward to working in Burlington to work with people to achieve similar outcomes.”
Bob Rusten has been working with the City of South Burlington since October 2010. He has served as City Treasurer, Deputy City Manager, and in recent months, as temporary interim city manager while the City Council was involved in their search process for an interim city manager.
During that brief time, he has amassed numerous accomplishments. According to the release, “Bob’s primary role in joining the South Burlington staff was to lead the City’s finance team in addressing a looming $1 million deficit for FY 2011 and to identify financial challenges while restructuring the budget to increase transparency. These measures helped to stabilize the City’s finances in both the General Fund and Enterprise Funds. Beyond his financial role, Bob led a variety of efforts to improve City processes and work more effectively with the City’s four bargaining units. Bob also reinvigorated the Pension Advisory Committee and developed further collaboration with the South Burlington School District. Bob has also been involved in countless day to day management activities across the full range of issues important to the people of South Burlington.”
City Council Chair Pam Mackenzie said, “We will miss him, but recognize this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him,” Mackenzie said, “We are extremely proud that Mayor Weinberger has recognized Bob, and asked him to join his team. Bob has served South Burlington incredibly well, during happy and trying times. On behalf of all of the people of South Burlington and the City Council I want to recognize Bob Rusten for his extraordinary contribution to the management of the City. Bob is a tireless worker and his steady counsel has been extremely valuable to the Council and the entire staff. Although Bob will be greatly missed, all of us in the City wish Bob the very best of luck in his new job with the City of Burlington and thank him for all he has done for our community.”
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent