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Meet Birmingham’s New City Manager: Joseph Valentine (video)

Meet Birmingham’s New City Manager: Joseph Valentine (video)gallowaycollens1

(Crystal A. Proxmire, July 13, 2014)

When Joseph Valentine took an internship in the Birmingham City Manager’s Office 17 years ago, he had no idea that he would one day be managing the city himself. But after rising through the ranks and a couple stints as Interim City Manager, the City Commission has given him the job full time.

After his initial internship, Valentine was hired in as a Management Specialist, a position he served in for eleven years with the exception of a brief stint as the Interim Executive Director of the Principal Shopping Judy_Palmer30yearsDistrict. He was then promoted to Human Resource Director, and finally to Assistant City Manager. He served as Interim City Manager briefly in 2011, and again when the previous City Manager Bob Bruner left when a contract agreement could not be reached.

Valentine has also lived in Birmingham for the past ten years, and is proud to see how the city has weathered the recession and kept growing. He also just likes the community feel. “It’s a walkable community, which is incredible if you like to get out and experience different parks and downtowns,” he said. “It’s a beautiful environment here, a lot of activity. You can always walk down the street, sit at a park bench, relax, or talk to some friends you see.”

As City Manager, Valentine oversees twelve departments and implements the goals set forth by Birmingham’s elected officials. Watch our brief interview with Joseph Valentine below:

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