Charles Anderson is chosen as Seafords next city manager

By Lynn R. Parks

Seaford has chosen the person who will take over as city manager when Dolores Slatcher retires at the end of next month. Charles Anderson, current assistant city manager, will assume the position March 1.

The city council approved Andersons appointment by unanimous vote at Tuesday nights meeting. He will be paid $125,000 a year. His one-year contract will automatically renew unless he or the city doesnt want it to.

After the city councils vote, Anderson paid tribute to his family, in particular his mother, Margaret Anderson, Delmar, and wife, Laurie, both of whom were in the audience. Not everyone knows this, but I was raised in a single-parent home, he said. My mother was both mother and father to me. She taught me about hard work and the value of education.

As for his wife, you dont get to this point, and get the education that I have, without somebody being home and managing the household, he said. I would not have gotten here without the people behind me.

Anderson also praised city employees, calling them some of the greatest staff that Ive had the pleasure of working with.

Anderson, 49, grew up in Delmar and graduated from Delmar High School in 1986. He obtained his associate degree from Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown, in 1989 and came to work for the city that September, as an inspector for the code department.

He was named the citys building official three years later and director of operations seven years after that. He was promoted to assistant city manager in 2007.

Anderson earned a bachelors degree in applied sciences from the University of Delaware in 2002 and his masters in business administration from Wilmington College in 2005.

The Andersons live in Seaford. They have a daughter, Nicole Szabo, Dover, a son, Tyler, 17, and four grandchildren.

Speaking by email Monday afternoon, Anderson said that being named city manager is a great honor. He added: I am humbled that the mayor and city council are placing their faith in me and my abilities. We have a great group of employees who do a tremendous job serving our community. I am glad to be associated with such a group of professionals.

Anderson also said that he feels that the city is on the right track. We are planning for the future with utility projects that will foster new business and jobs creation, he said. We are also revitalizing our downtown area with [the states Downtown Development District program] funding opportunities.

At Tuesdays meeting, Mayor David Genshaw said that having to hire a replacement for Slatcher, who has been city manager for 38 years, was a little overwhelming for the council. Council members wanted someone not only who could do the job, but who knows the people of Seaford and who understands the citys history, he said.

Our confidence in Charles is tremendous, he added.

Slatcher was not at Tuesday meeting. But in a statement, she also expressed confidence in Anderson. I have had the privilege of working with Charles for almost three decades and the city would be hard pressed to find another candidate who cares so deeply about this community, the elected officials and the employees, and who would be as knowledgeable about its infrastructure and services, she said. He can take off and provide a new direction for the city.

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