One of Goldsboro’s own is taking the next step up the ladder in the city’s ranks.
Bobby Croom was announced as the city’s new engineering director Monday. Croom takes the place of Marty Anderson, who retired Saturday. Anderson joins Randy Guthrie, former assistant city manager, as the latest of the city’s department heads to retire, following Guthrie’s retirement last month.
“I am very excited to serve this community as the engineering director,” Croom said. “There is a fantastic team in place with this department, and we are looking forward to meeting the challenges we have in front of us.”
Tim Salmon, Goldsboro city manager, said he is confident of Croom’s leadership in the new role as director of the city Engineering Department.
“The city staff, residents and visitors are very fortunate that Mr. Croom decided to come back to Goldsboro to serve as the assistant city engineer and now director of engineering,” Salmon said.
“He helped reorganize the department he will lead to address current and future engineering requirements. His experience in Goldsboro and other important North Carolina cities provides the continuity and perspective we need to grow Goldsboro.”
As the city’s new engineering director, Croom will oversee the daily maintenance of the city’s water, sewer and electrical infrastructure, which includes oversight on projects such as storm drainage line installation and maintenance, land surveying and sewer line construction.
Croom, who will manage a staff of 10 employees in the department, will earn an annual salary of $102,300.
Croom served as Goldsboro’s city traffic engineer from 2011 to 2019 before briefly taking a job in Raleigh. He returned to Goldsboro in 2020 as the city’s assistant city engineer.
Croom started his professional career in 2002 with the city of Raleigh as traffic signal system analyst, SafeLight engineer and senior transportation engineer. From there, Croom had a brief stint with the city of Asheville as a city traffic engineer.
Croom holds a bachelor’s degree in math from N.C. State University. He also received a professional engineer license from the N.C. Board of Examiners for engineers and surveyors.
Anderson served as the Goldsboro city engineer for more than 13 years, beginning in 2008 as a civil engineer for the city. He worked his way up to become the city engineer, a position he held until his retirement. Anderson was recognized by the city for his service during the city council’s Dec. 20 meeting.
Guthrie worked with the city of Goldsboro for 17 years. His last day on the job was Dec. 30. The city is searching for his replacement, with an expected salary hiring range of $88,255 to $139,443.
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