Community partnerships specialist moves from Tampa Bay Bucs to Tampa City Hall
Miray Holmes has been named manager for community partnerships and neighborhood engagement at Tampa City Hall. In that job, Holmes will be Mayor Bob Buckhorn's main liaison to neighborhood associations and will work with other private groups on neighborhood issues.
Most recently, Holmes was director of community relations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation. She also has worked in community marketing at Reliant and with sponsorships for the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Partners.
A graduate of Howard University, Holmes, 55, started March 25 at an annual salary of $95,000.
Buckhorn, who has known Holmes for years, said in a statement that "she always has been the person in the room to bring people from different walks of life together."
"With her experience at the Buccaneers and in the private sector, I know that Miray has the skills and connections to make good things happen throughout the city,” he said.
As Holmes takes over day-to-day matters affecting neighborhoods, city neighborhood and community relations manager Shannon Edge will take on the task of creating, developing and launching Buckhorn's Neighborhood University and landlord training program.
"It's going to take a full-time position to get that up and running," said Jake Slater, Tampa director of neighborhood services.
Both are new programs that Buckhorn promised during his campaign for mayor.
He has said he expects the Neighborhood University to give up-and-coming civic leaders training on instruction on zoning and land use, code enforcement, how various agencies work with each other, how to interact with the City Council and information about community development grants. City officials hope to enroll the first class around Labor Day and to offer the training twice a year.
The landlord training program will be voluntary. Buckhorn has said he expects associations for Realtors and apartment managers to refer landlords to the city for training in city codes, code enforcement and techniques for maintaining their properties.