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Sandy Neerman to retire after 38 years with City of Greensboro

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Sandy Neerman

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Assistant City Manager Sandy Neerman has announced that she is retiring from the City of Greensboro at the end of November. Her retirement brings to close a 38-year career with the City.

According to City Manager Denise Turner Roth, Neerman’s leadership has been vital during a time when City government has been rethinking its approach to services.

“Under Sandy’s direction, the City’s libraries have become a major part of the fabric of our community,” Roth said. “When I was appointed City Manager, my first action was to ask Sandy to remain on as an assistant city manager. I knew she would provide strong leadership in helping reshape and re-imagine service delivery to the residents of Greensboro. We are grateful for her career in service and hope that she will continue to find ways to lend her expertise to our City management team in the future.”

Neerman was the director of the library from 1996 until 2012 and spearheaded the restructuring of the library system, including the addition of Sunday library hours. In 2012, Neerman moved from the library to the City Manager’s Office, serving as an assistant city manager for the City’s Community Services Result Area, including the library, parks and recreation, human relations and neighborhood development departments.

Under Neerman, the Greensboro Library system made the transition from book depository to community hub.

“The focus of my work over the years has been doing things together with the community,” Neerman said. “It has been a matter of great pride to me to work for the City of Greensboro and for its residents. I look forward to the innovations of the next generation of leaders and I am deeply grateful to the many volunteers who shared their time and expertise with me throughout my career.”

During Neerman’s tenure, the library received numerous awards for innovative programming, including the Community of Readers award that celebrated the library system as a statewide and national model. Neerman oversaw the opening of the library’s Central, Hemphill, Kathleen Clay Edwards and McGirt Horton branches, along with the renovation of the Benjamin branch.

Roth says that the City will restructure its management team to provide leadership to the Community Services departments.