The city's new chief administrative officer came on board Monday and is busy learning the ropes.
Tom Martin was welcomed to Provo with springlike weather. "I know this sunshine won't last forever, but I'm sure enjoying it."Martin succeeds Chet Waggener as Mayor Joe Jenkins' right-hand man. Waggener is retiring at the end of the year after serving Provo for almost nine years.
Waggener will remain in Provo after he retires. He said: "I think Tom is going to do a great job for Provo. He is an individual who will work well with the employees of Provo City and the residents of Provo."
"There's a lot to do and a lot to learn," said Martin, who spent his first day meeting with the mayor and city department heads. He will meet with the City Council on Tuesday.
Martin is in Provo for two weeks of orientation in the new job before returning to Michigan to spend Christmas with his family. For the past 10 years, he has been city manager of Mount Pleasant, Mich. He will return to Provo after the holidays.
He has worked in city management for 18 years, starting as an assistant city manager in Huntington Woods, Mich., in 1972. He was Huntington Woods city manager from 1975 to 1978. In 1978, Martin became assistant city manager for Royal Oak, Mich.
Although reared in Washington state, Martin has Provo roots. "As my father grew up in Provo many years ago, and as my grandfather served as dean of science at BYU, it would indeed be a homecoming for me to be selected as your next chief administrative officer," Martin said in his letter of application.
The Thomas L. Martin Building at Brigham Young University is named for Martin's grandfather.
The new city manager and his wife both attended BYU. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in political science before studying at Wayne State University in Detroit. He earned a master's of public administration at Wayne State in 1974.
"I am excited about being here in Provo," Martin said. "The city is invigorating, with new business development. The economy is on a good level."