When the day began in High Point on Monday, May 3, there was a buzz around the city that the High Point City Council would have a new city manager chosen by the end of the day – and that buzz turned out to be right on the money. 

In fact, the City Council made a unanimous and historic choice: Tasha Logan Ford, the assistant city manager for the City of Winston-Salem, was chosen for the job.

High Point now has a female city manager for the first time as well as an African-American manager for the first time. 

Last year, racial issues were a big part in the political debate in High Point that ended with the departure of former High Point City manager Greg Demko.

 Ford, who has worked in local government for a decade and a half, was the choice after an extended search process that involved a day of interviews by the City Council last month at Grandover Resort.

Logan, who has served as the city manager of Rocky Mount and worked for the City of Goldsboro as well, has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. 

Her experience in government ranges from overseeing parks and police to managing community development.

 Logan has also done local government work overseeing Human Resources as an interim director.

In addition, she has worked with Self-Help Community Development Financial Institution in Durham.