It wasn’t on the agenda, but at the Tuesday, Dec. 21 meeting, the Greensboro City Council hired Taiwo Jaiyeoba as the new Greensboro city manager.

Jaiyeoba is currently an assistant city manager and director of the planning and development department in Charlotte.  He was hired by a unanimous vote of the City Council to start Feb. 1, 2022, at a starting salary of $280,000 a year plus an executive allowance of $1,000 a month.

Vaughan, who struggled with the pronunciation of Taiwo Jaiyeoba in reading the official resolution, noted that he goes by “Tai.”

She said, “I think Tai will do a fabulous job.”

After the vote, Jaiyeoba, who is currently on vacation, spoke to the City Council via Zoom and said he was excited to be coming to Greensboro, a city he had “admired from a distance.”

Jaiyeoba said, “The City of Greensboro is poised for great things, not only in North Carolina but in these United States.”

Prior to working in Charlotte, Jaiyebo served as the director of the Sacramento Regional Transit District and was director of planning and development in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Jaiyeoba has a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master of science degree in urban and regional planning from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.  He is also a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management in leadership.

Although he doesn’t report for work until Feb. 1, 2022, Jaiyebo will be at the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for a formal introduction.

Former Greensboro City Manager David Parish resigned effective June 30 and the City Council began a nationwide search for a new city manager.  The last time Greensboro hired a city manager from outside the city was when Rashad Young was hired in 2009.

Vaughan and city councilmembers heaped a lot of praise on Interim City Manager Chris Wilson for the job he has done since taking over in July.  Vaughan noted that Wilson would continue to handle some of the large economic development projects in the works.

Several major announcements are expected in the beginning of 2022.