Eric Norenberg is heading to Delaware.
He announced Tuesday that he will leave his job as Oberlin city manager to take a similar position in the city of Milford.
Population 9,500, Milford straddles the Kent and Sussex county line on the east side of the Delmarva Peninsula. It is part of the Greater Dover metropolitan area.
“I am looking forward to the experience and professionalism that Mr. Norenberg will bring to the city of Milford as our new city manager,” said mayor Bryan Shupe in a written statement about the hiring. “With nearly three decades of municipal government experience, Mr. Norenberg brings leadership through his proven success in economic development, utility, and public works administration and public communication. As we continue to strengthen our local economy, enhance the quality of our health care options, increase our downtown revitalization efforts, and grow our educational opportunities, Mr. Norenberg will lead Milford toward a vibrant and exciting future.”
“I am very proud of Oberlin’s accomplishments and achievements during my tenure,” Norenberg said in the joint statement. “Now, I am excited to be joining mayor Shupe and the Milford city council as we continue the redevelopment of downtown Milford and the Mispillion Riverwalk, and prepare for the new Bayhealth campus.”
Norenberg has served as Oberlin city manager for eight years.
He was chosen unanimously for the Delaware job from a national recruiting pool of more than 90 candidates.
In an email earlier this month to Oberlin city council, Norenberg promised to give at least 30 days formal notice before accepting a position elsewhere.
“In addition, I know this is a critical time for the city as we complete the 2016 budget and transition to a new city council. Accordingly, please know that the city of Oberlin has my full attention and I will do whatever is necessary to ease the transition,” he told local elected officials.
Shupe said Norenberg will begin his tenure in Milford in early January.