PHOTO: Suzanne Ludlow, acting city manager. Photo courtesy City of Takoma Park.
APRIL 2, 2015: Suzanne Ludlow, Takoma Park deputy city manager, has accepted the offer to become the next city manager, the city announced today. Ludlow has been serving as acting city manager since former city manager Brian Kenner stepped down in February, 2015.
The announcement quotes Mayor Bruce Williams, “She has worked for the city for over 20 years, and has a deep and broad understanding of our community. She knows many of the players at all levels, and hits the ground running in leading our excellent staff as they help us grapple with the many issues that we face.“
Ludlow said, “I’ve been with the City of Takoma Park for over 21 years and am excited to be able to continue to serve the community in this new role,” according to the announcement.
Ludlow showing the empty city managers office, Feb. 2015. Photo by Bill Brown
The city release says Ludlow took her first city staff position in 1993 as Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development.
She was Unification Coordinator from 1995 through 1997 when the county line was moved, unifying the whole city in Montgomery County.
She represented Takoma Park’s concerns about the Purple Line and Takoma Metro development as city’s Community and Government Liason. She lobbied on those and other issues in the state general assembly and county council. She also negotiated a better municipal tax duplication formula for the police rebate from Montgomery County.
Suzanne Ludlow, choice for city manager. Photo courtesy city of Takoma Park.
As Deputy City Manager, she oversaw the renovation of the city council chambers into an auditorium which can be used for entertainment when the council is not meeting. The auditorium won LEED Silver designation for its green features.
She has worked on municipal tax duplication issues throughout the years.
She was promoted to deputy city manager in 2008, and served as acting city manager from September 2012 – June 2013.
She lives near Takoma Park in the Long Branch neighborhood with her husband, Vince Taylor. Their son, Langston Taylor, went to Takoma Park Middle School and Blair High School and is now a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her mother, Anne Ludlow, lives in Victory Tower on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park
City Manager Suzanne Ludlow’s salary is set at $172,000 and includes a 2% match to deferred compensation ($3,440 maximum).