FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Contact: Kim A. McMillan
704-336-2643 (office) or 704-408-0100 (cell)
City Manager Curt Walton announced today that Jim Schumacher, Assistant City Manager, will retire from the City Manager’s Office effective January 1, 2012.
Schumacher has served the citizens of Charlotte for more than 33 years. The first 29 were with the Engineering & Property Management Department, where he began as a staff engineer and ultimately led the Department for nine years as the City Engineer. During the last four years, he has been an Assistant City Manager, supporting the City Council’s Transportation and Planning Committee and developing policy and project solutions for the City’s road, transit and facility needs, as well as land use issues. “Jim has brought great vision to the City of Charlotte,” says Walton. “His contributions will be long-lasting throughout our community.”
Schumacher played a key leadership role in many programs and projects, such as establishing the state’s first stormwater flooding and pollution utility programs in 1993; procedures to complete major road projects within three years of the bond votes that provide the funding; completion of the Time Warner Cable Arena ahead of schedule and under budget; and integrating an expansion of the Charlotte Convention Center with the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a privately developed office tower.
Another initiative conceived by Schumacher was reconstruction of the interchange of I-277 and Caldwell Street in the Center City, reclaiming surplus right of way that is now being sold to provide funds for local projects and create new tax base that will support the local government needs of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
“Charlotte has been a wonderful place to live and work over the last 33 years,” said Schumacher. “Engineers like to build things, and I have been very fortunate to have had a role in much of the building and development that has taken place in Charlotte over that time,” he adds.
As for future plans Schumacher intends to find additional opportunities to participate in the further development of Charlotte in the second phase of his career.
He a licensed Professional Engineer, a graduate of West Virginia University, an Advisory Board Member of the Urban Land Institute Charlotte Council, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Past President of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies.