The City of Greensboro has begun fulfilling one of the goals of the massive increase in taxes in the 2022-2023 budget – increasing the number of bureaucrats at city hall.
On Wednesday, July 27, Greensboro announced that it had hired Latoya Caesar-Crawford as the city’s first intergovernmental relations manager.
Ceasar-Crawford, who was employed by the Guilford County Schools as Greensboro College Middle College principal, according to the press release, “will foster productive relationships with community stakeholders and elected officials, as well as being the liason for federal and state lobbying efforts on behalf of the City.”
Greensboro currently contracts with a firm in Raleigh to lobby the state legislature on behalf of the city. Even with a paid lobbyist, the liberal Democratic City Council has not had much success lobbying for bills before the state legislature with a conservative Republican majority.
In the past the city attorney has been in charge of the lobbying efforts for the city.
City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba in a press release said, “Greensboro will benefit greatly from Caesar-Crawford’s ability to convene community leaders on matters of policy and decision-making, an area in which she is well versed. This designation is critical to promote synergy, while aligning and advancing the City’s legislative priorities with our local partners and at the federal, state, and regional levels.”
According to the press release most of Caesar-Crawford’s professional experience has been in education. The press release states, “She was director of equity and engagement for Iredell-Statesville Schools and the director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Mooresville Graded School District. Additionally, she served the New York City Department of Education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school and KIPP NC, a network of public charter schools.”
Caesar-Crawford, who will begin work for the City of Greensboro on Aug. 1, was also the founder and director of Partnership for Equity in Statesville.