TITLE: Deputy City Manager
COMPANY: City of Newark
What the nominator said: “Public service to others has defined Andrew Haines’ career and his efforts have made a marked impact on the communities in which he has worked and lived. Since accepting the role as Deputy City Manager in 2013, Andrew has worked tirelessly to help the City of Newark experience a positive chain of innovation, improved leadership and teamwork, and he has encouraged our organization to become more progressive.”
Your biggest break: Being appointed by Hatfield Township (Montgomery County, Pa.) as its city manager at age 29. I could have been overlooked simply by age, and I’m forever grateful the Board of Commissioners chose to judge me on my merit.
Best career advice you ever got: To not be afraid of calculated career challenges that could be viewed as a risk, because sometimes the biggest risks result in the greatest rewards.
Two words that best describe you: Honest and hard-working.
If you were in charge of Delaware: Review the structure of local government to establish clear boundaries. This can create more effective government, both in fiscal operations and delivery of services.
In one sentence, define “success.” Success is achieved when the people around you, and the organization you work for, develop in a positive manner while achieve mutual goals.