This story was updated at 11:07 a.m. Dec. 4, 2012.
Gaithersburg’s new city manager, Tony Tomasello, was sworn in Monday night as city council members proudly stood beside him. City officials announced Thursday that Tomasello had been chosen out of three candidates considered for the position.
“It was a strong group of finalists, and I’m really happy for Tony,” council member Jud Ashman said.
Tomasello, an Ijamsville resident, has worked for the City of Gaithersburg since 1996, when he was named the city’s director of economic development. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of deputy/assistant city manager. He has served as acting city manager since former Gaithersburg City Manager Angel Jones’ resignation June 15.
At a city council meeting Monday night, council vice president Ryan Spiegel said choosing a new city manager was “an extremely thorough process.” Spiegel said he was excited to hear new ideas from him.
Tomasello said his previous positions were geared towards long-term projects.
“I’m going to have to transition out of the functions that I had handled exclusively for many years,” he said. “As a city manager, you tend to focus shorter-term on more issues,” he said.
He said there are number of budget issues that he will tackle as city manager, including changes in the federal budget that may affect how local governments are funded.
The two other finalists for the position were Annapolis City Manager Michael Malinoff and Todd Parton, city manager for Kerrville, Texas.
“The competition was keen,” Tomasello said, “but I’m certainly relieved.”
Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz said Tomasello’s appointment is beneficial to the city government.
“It’s good to have someone new who’s aware of the budget,” he said.
The process to select a city manager “moved as quickly as possible,” Katz said. Though Tomasello’s new position would be different than his previous titles as acting city manager or deputy city manager, he would be able to “continue those traditions” that helped the City of Gaithersburg, Katz said.
Tomasello will manage Gaithersburg’s administrative operations with a staff of 272 full-time employees and a city budget of $50.6 million. His starting salary will be $165,000.