The man who has led Akron’s economic development efforts for the past decade is retiring.
Bob Bowman, 69, deputy mayor for economic development since 2004, will retire by the end of the year, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced.
Along with the retirement, Plusquellic also announced other changes in his administration.
Bowman’s retirement, the mayor said, comes because new retirement rules go into effect Jan. 15, 2015, that require public employees to work 20 years to be vested.
“Bob has been a great asset to the city of Akron and has done a fantastic job of attracting companies and bringing jobs to our residents,” the mayor said in a press release.
Bowman previously served as senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Akron Chamber, previously known as the Akron Regional Development Board for 16 years.
“Akron is a great city with great potential,” Bowman said in the press release. “I am pleased to have played a small role in its success over the years.”
Sam DeShazior, deputy planning director for economic development, will move into Bowman’s post when Bowman retires, Plusquellic said.
Also, Adele Roth, economic development manager, will became deputy planning director for economic development, the post currently occupied by DeShazior.
Plusquellic also announced that he is renaming and filling the cabinet position of deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations. Dr. Terry Albanese, Summa Health System’s manager of medical health, will be named assistant to the mayor for education, health and families.
Albanese, a former Ward 6 Akron City Council member, previously did health services research at Summa and taught community health sciences at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
She currently serves on the Akron Planning Commission and will have to resign that post before taking on her new duties.
Albanese will be paid $105,393 a year, the mayor said.
Laraine Duncan, who retired in 2013, previously held the position of deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations.