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Mayor Berry Promotes John Soladay to Chief Operations Officer

Mayor Richard J. Berry announces the promotion of John Soladay to Chief Operations Officer and that he will not immediately fill the position of Public Safety Director.

Albuquerque—Mayor Richard J. Berry announced today that he will promote John Soladay to Chief Operations Officer. Soladay has worked for the City in three separate administrations since 1999 and has been serving as Director of the Solid Waste Management Department since Mayor Berry took office in December 2009.

Mayor Berry has decided not to fill the position of Public Safety Director at this time. That position most recently paid $120,640. Under the new City of Albuquerque organization chart, the Chiefs of Police and Fire will report directly to Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry.

Soladay will directly oversee the departments of: Animal Welfare, Aviation, Cultural Services, Environmental Health, Family and Community Services, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Senior Affairs, Solid Waste Management, and Transit.

“In the year and a half that I’ve worked with John, he has proven to be somebody with tremendous operational management skills, an ability to work towards long term solutions on behalf of the City and has a real knack for systems improvement,” Mayor Berry said. “John brings a high level of service to the Office of the Mayor and the people of Albuquerque.”

Soladay brings more than 35 years of public service to the position. He started his career in Southern California where he spent 25 years with the City of Redondo Beach retiring as the Public Works Director. He began his service to the City of Albuquerque in February 1999 as a Fleet Manager and has been promoted several times to Associate Director of the Department of Municipal Development Department, Sustainability Officer in the Office of the Mayor, Environmental Health Director, and Solid Waste Management Director. Soladay’s current salary is $107,128. With this promotion his salary will be set at $120,000 annually.

This position will require confirmation by the Albuquerque City Council. The confirmation vote is likely to happen in September.