Greensboro city manager leaving, will accept position in D.C.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro City Manager Denise Turner Roth will resign to accept a new position in Washington, D.C.

Turner Roth has been appointed by President Obama to serve as the deputy administrator of the US General Services Administration. She is set to start her new role on February 3.

The city made the announcement on Tuesday.

Roth was named the new city manager in June 2012. She served as the interim city manager from Dec. 2011 to June 2012.

Roth replaced Rashad Young, who left for a position in Alexandria, Va.

Roth, who hails from Washington, DC, has worked for the city since 2008. She says that the federal appointment gives her a unique opportunity.

“This appointment will challenge me professionally, allowing me to focus my efforts on delivering cost savings and value across the federal government. And, it presents me with the special opportunity to continue my career in the city where I was born,” says Roth.

“It’s bittersweet to leave Greensboro, a place that I’ve called home for 10 years now, and a city that I dearly love. The City of Greensboro is under strong leadership with its executive team and committed group of outstanding employees. I’m confident that the City’s goals will continue to be accomplished in the future,” Roth said.

According to Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Roth’s leadership will be missed.

“Denise is a strong leader who has formed a great team of executives during her tenure,” says Vaughan. “She has improved many facets of our service delivery and has been a central figure in helping move the City forward on a number of projects from solid waste to the performing arts center. Her guidance has put the City’s government operations on a good path for the future.”

The GSA is responsible for managing government assets like equipment and buildings, along with coordinating acquisitions, overseeing historic property and creating technology solutions.

Prior to serving as Greensboro’s city manager, Roth led the city’s human relations, information technology, libraries, parks and recreation, and public affairs departments as an assistant city manager. She also oversaw the City’s communications efforts, providing strategic direction to the public relations, marketing, and community relations efforts.


  • Andrew

    That’s just great! Now we (GSO) can spend another huge sum on a search for a replacement. Of course, we’re hung up on expensive “professional” search firms because our HR (and other) folks @ City Hall are incapable, – and we must find the “best” candidate for the job. Then the hiree simply starts a job search after a year or so. What a joke – overpay a chief admin. officer just to see her/him pad the resume and move on.

    • Ladyhawk21

      I totally agree with you! There is no need for the City to pay out mega bucks when a call for resume’s would suffice.

  • jliles1205

    Good- party to the vote buying of black votes to the tune of $500,000.
    in settlement of a lawsuit that the city had all but won. Perkins, Johnson were ousted, and Roth will be right at home in the most corrupt municipality south of Chicago.
    Time for accountability in Greensboro.

  • FaithC

    Just what has she done for Greensboro? Because if there is a town that has been mismanaged on every level Greensboro is it…and would she have gotten this new job if she were white?

  • jliles1205

    The city manager’s job is to control the excesses of the city council.
    Roth was ineffective at the one responsibility she had. The GSA is one of the few federal agencies that has consistently been a thorn in Obama’s side. This is a transparent move to place a weak individual into a position of authority that Obama can ‘guide’ to reduce the ongoing decline in his popularity.
    Won’t work.
    Her complicity with Perkins and Johnson in the votes for payout scheme to silence critics in the black community led to a landslide vote against them. It appears Roth saw the handwriting on the wall.

  • frank sinner

    This broad was a joke and taxpayer burden to G-Hood!! She will continue in D.C. just as Mel do nothing but steal Watt neither is qualified but for skin color and not then either!!

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