New Hudson City Manager attends first council meeting

Jane Howington bringing 25-plus years of experience to position

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Council members welcomed the new city manager at the Aug. 6 Council meeting.

Council members July 8 unanimously approved a resolution hiring Jane Mahony Howington as the new city manager, who started Aug. 1.

"We're excited to work with the new city manager," said Council President Hal DeSaussure.

Howington's salary will be $135,000 a year, according to Jody Roberts, communications manager. The city manager is required to live in the city of Hudson, but Howington said she is renting a home in northern Hudson for now. Her husband is packing belongings in Rhode Island.

Howington was the city manager of Newport, Rhode Island, for more than two years and 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.

She is replacing Anthony Bales, who left his position in November 2013 through a mutual agreement with the city of Hudson. He is now the city manager of Brunswick. Assistant City Manager Scott Schroyer filled in as interim city manager during the search to fill the vacancy and was a finalist for the city manager position.

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.

Council member Dennis Hanink seconded the welcome to Howington.

"She, Scott [Schroyer]and other senior managers will provide us with superior management and leadership for the city," Hanink said.

Howington said she reported to her office Aug. 4, and staff has quickly engaged her in community management.

"I thank you for your welcome and the opportunity and honor to serve the community," Howington said.

She mentioned several projects in the near future, including the closing of Division Street at the end of August for sanitary sewer and water work and the Touch a Truck event Aug. 14.

The Comprehensive Plan ad hoc committee is nearly complete, and the first public meetings will begin in September, Howington said.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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