Blue Springs, Mo. – City Administrator Eric Johnson has named Adam Norris as the new Deputy City Administrator effective November 10, 2014. The Deputy City Administrator position has been vacant since March and was closely evaluated to ensure that the position, duties and responsibilities reflect the changing needs of our community.
“Adam comes highly recommended and we are fortunate to have him on our team,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “He brings expertise in the area of economic and community development that will strengthen our efforts in attracting quality development and new businesses to our city. Adam will also serve as the City Administrator’s liaison to the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and will work very closely with that organization to help grow our existing businesses to create new job opportunities for our residents.”
Norris will oversee the Public Works and Community Development Departments and manage the many initiatives implemented over the past few years to create a business-friendly environment for new and existing businesses. “Our goal is a united and mutually supportive team focusing on high quality, reliable and efficient infrastructure, sustainable community development, and economic growth in balance with the recently approved Comprehensive Plan,” Johnson added.
Norris brings to Blue Springs more than 10 years of executive level experience in city management and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager. In his most recent role as assistant city manager of Overland Park, Kan., Norris assisted with adoption and implementation of Vision Metcalf, a long-range planning tool for one of the city’s key corridors.
"Blue Springs is a dynamic community with a rich history and optimistic future. The new retail is vibrant, the neighborhoods are friendly, and the community is supportive of its local government partners and leaders,” said Norris. "This is an exciting opportunity for me and I look forward to working with City Council, the City’s administrative team, and other local partners to continue to provide the quality services for which Blue Springs is known.”
Prior to accepting this position, Norris served the Overland Park, Kan., community as an assistant city manager and assistant to the city manager. Norris also served as an assistant to the city manager for the City of Dallas, Texas. While there, he provided management support for Economic Development, Housing, Fair Housing, Public Works, Development Services, Aviation, Convention and Event Services, and all public safety functions. Norris began his city management career as an assistant to the city administrator for the City of Mission Hills, Kan.
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