Hudson Council makes new city manager hire official

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- In a special session of City Council July 8, members unanimously approved a resolution hiring Jane Mahony Howington as the new city manager.

Council made no comments at the meeting except to say Howington will start Aug. 1.

Her salary will be $135,000 a year, according to Jody Roberts, communications manager. The agreement, like previous city manager agreements, has no time limit. It is until Council or the city manager decides to terminate the agreement. Relocation expenses will be reimbursed up to but not more than $20,000, she added. The city manager is required to live in the city of Hudson.

Previous City Manager Anthony Bales was paid $122,000 at the time of his mutual separation from the city in November 2013. He was hired in April as the city manager of Brunswick.

Howington applied and then withdrew her application from Brunswick before being hired by Hudson. She was the city manager of Newport, Rhode Island, for more than two years and was paid $140,000 per year.

Howington brings more than 25 years of experience to the city manager position, according to a city press release. While in Newport, she collaborated on the development of regional partnerships, applied varied approaches to communications, implemented successful technology initiatives and used trending, analysis and systems mapping methodologies as an approach to managing a high-performing organization.

Previously, she served as city manager in Kalispell, Montana, from 2009 to 2012, where she built a fiscally sustainable program for the city's funds through reversing a negative financial trend and rebuilding rates and assessments. She also served as assistant city manager in the city of Dayton from 2007 to 2009 and as city manager for Oxford, Ohio from 2000 to 2007.

Howington holds a master's degree in public administration from Miami University, a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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