Lake Norman & Mooresville

2 top officials leaving Statesville

Tom Anderson

Two high level officials in Statesville – Police Chief Tom Anderson and Finance Director Lisa Salmon – will leave the city this month.

Anderson is resigning to take on a new post as director of public safety/risk management with the North Carolina League of Municipalities, while Salmon is retiring. The moves were unrelated, officials said.

Together the two officials had accumulated longer than 58 years of municipal experience, and both received high praise from members of the City Council.

“Tom was always the consummate professional,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Johnson. “He has a genuine heart for the people of Statesville and a sense of community concern that will be very difficult to fill.”

Anderson’s resignation as head of the 97-member city force is effective July 27. He had joined the Statesville Police Department in 1992 and rose to the position of assistant chief in 2006. Anderson was named chief in December 2008, following the retirement of former Chief Steve Hampton. He was earning $91,115 annually.

Salmon’s retirement is effective Aug. 1, after serving as the city’s finance director since 2000. She had started her career in accounting for the town of Pilot Mountain in 1979. Her annual salary at retirement was $94,942.

“Lisa’s knowledge about the budget and the regulations and laws governing municipalities is remarkable” said Mayor Costi Kutteh. “I give her much of the credit for the financially stable budget we have sustained even during tough economic times.”

“It’s bittersweet to leave,” said Anderson, 48, “but I am looking forward to the new and different challenges my new position will provide in addition to the positive impact this move will have for my family.”

“It is a bittersweet decision,” echoed Salmon, 53. “I enjoy what I do, the employees and citizens I work with, but with over 30 years of service in public finance, I know it’s the right time to take a break, refresh and decide what the next chapter in my life will be.”

City Manager Larry Pressley will be responsible to establish a job search for replacements while also naming temporary moves to fill the vacancies. As part of the process, the city has recently begun advertising for a new finance director offering a salary range of $78,281 to $129,163.

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