Samantha Anderson resigned in January as Parking Authority’s Executive Director after a 15-year career with the city.
“I think that the city has lost something because she’s moved on,” said Howard Manheimer, Parking Authority Vice Chairman.
And now, Corey MacKnight, who has been with the city for 13 years, is stepping up to the plate.
“He’s worked in many different departments and I think that everything that he has done he’s been successful at so I think he will be equally successful in managing the Parking Authority,” said Manheimer.
The Parking Authority is an independent entity from the City of Winchester, but a memorandum of understanding was adopted by city council allowing the city to oversee the day to day operations of the authority.
“I’m overseeing facilities maintenance, I’m overseeing a parking authority. I have maintenance people on the facilities side and I have maintenance people on the Parking Authority side now moving forward we will be able to collaborate on projects together,” said MacKnight.
Workers from Winchester’s facilities maintenance division will be able to perform repairs and make improvements to the authority’s downtown garages and parking areas instead of having to hire outside contractors.
The city and Parking Authority working closer together is expected to save about $50,000.
“It will allow us to invest more in garages, meters, and the enforcement side,” said MacKnight.
The parking authority oversees about 2,000 parking spaces in Winchester’s four downtown parking garages and metered parking spaces.