Longtime city official announces formal retirement

The longtime city community and economic development director is retiring and this time the COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop her.

Stephanie Young was scheduled to retire in April, but she remained on to assist during the pandemic.

Mayor Derek Slaughter acknowledged as much to City Council Thursday night.

He said that while Young was supposed to retire in the spring she and Joseph Pawlak, city interim finance director, worked in tandem to get financial assistance for small businesses suffering from the economic impact of the pandemic.

Young was able to keep a small business assistance loan program going, Slaughter said.

Young’s final action was to ask council to pass a resolution regarding historic preservation.

The city is a certified local government and council approved a resolution to the State Historic Preservation Office between the city and Historic and Museum Commission.

The city is a certified local government, making it eligible for grants and scholarships related to historic preservation. The certified local governments also are being asked to create master contracts and allow the city to apply for training funds, Young said.

Several members of council and codes enforcement have either indicated their interest in attending a series of live forums to assist government personnel on historic preservation ideas and the latest regulations, she said.


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