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City Officially Announces Rhodes Retirement

June 2nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Mayor and City Council announce the official retirement of City Administrator Jeff Rhodes as of June 1. Mr. Rhodes has been the City Administrator for the past 10 years, and served the City for a total of 23
Joining the City of Cumberland as the Director of Community Development in
1997, Mr. Rhodes was promoted to the Director of Administrative Services
before being named City Administrator in 2011. The role made him
responsible for roughly a $40 million budget, and despite early economic
challenges, city services and infrastructure have been maintained over the
last decade. During his tenure, Mr. Rhodes helped bring the general fund
into the positive and leaves the City in a solid financial position for his
“Mr. Rhodes is closing out a wonderful 23-year career with the city of
Cumberland. The citizens were very fortunate to have him leading the city for
the last 10 years as the City Administrator,” declared Mayor Raymond
Morriss. “He was always professional and led with honesty and integrity in a
job that many times requires telling people what they don’t want to hear. His
leadership and knowledge will be greatly missed, but he leaves as part of his
legacy a staff that is ready to carry on the great work that he has done. I wish
him and his wife, Liz, a happy retirement; wherever the journey takes them in
their RV.”
Until a new City Administrator is selected, the Mayor and City Council have
appointed Ken Tressler, the City’s Director of Administrative Services as the
Interim City Administrator. The interim position will be added to the
departments already under Mr. Tressler’s supervision – the City’s Human
Resources, Information Technology, Tax & Utility, Finance, Community
Development and Parks & Recreation Departments.
General information about the City of Cumberland can be found on the
website at Questions regarding this release may
be directed to 301-722-2000.