Pascagoula hires new city manager; City attorney resigns

Pascagoula hires new city manager; City attorney resigns
Michael Silverman will be Pascagoula's new city manager effective Jan. 1, 2020. He previously served as city manager of Caro, Mich. since 2018. (Source: City of Caro, Mich.)

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - After weeks of searching, the City of Pascagoula has hired a new city manager. Now, their attention will shift to finding a new city attorney.

Michael Silverman, a former city manager from Michigan, was voted into with unanimous approval at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

He will officially take over the position on Jan. 1, 2020. Silverman’s annual salary will be $98,000 including benefits.

That meeting brought other personnel changes when current city attorney Ryan Frederic submitted his resignation to the council effective Dec. 3.

Since 2017, Frederick has served as both the city manager and city attorney. In October, he took a family medical leave. City leaders then voted to separate the two jobs and began searching for a new city manager, offering the job to former police chief Kenny Johnson, who declined it in favor of retirement.

Assistant city manager Frank Corder, has been the acting city manager since October 31 and will continue until Silverman is officially in office.

Silverman has previously worked as the city manager in Caro, Mich. since July 2018. His experience also includes working as a management analyst for Lee County, N.C. from 2016 to 2018; working as a legislative intern for a North Carolina state representative in 2016; and, working as a summer law clerk for the North Carolina State Ethics Commission in 2015.

Silverman graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in History.

The city council also approved an extension agreement for legal services with local attorney Michael Moore.

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