Mike Barker, who has been New Albany's city engineer since 2013, has been promoted to deputy director of community development.

During his tenure with the city, Barker has proven himself to be a person of the highest integrity, said City Manager Joseph Stefanov.

When he has been asked to take on additional responsibilities, he has risen to the challenge, Stefanov said.

"When it comes to leadership style, Mike has a servant's heart," he said.

Barker said city leaders approached him with the opportunity for promotion.

In his six years with New Albany, Barker said, he has been able to learn much in a variety of disciplines. Now, he said, he is able to apply that experience to his new role.

New Albany has a well-accomplished leadership team, Barker said.

"I'm very proud to be able to contribute to that leadership," he said.

Barker's new job has been vacant in March 2017, when Adrienne Joly was promoted to director of administrative services, according to the city.

For his new role, Barker will earn $121,388.80 in annual salary and a benefits package of $28,913.53, for a total compensation of $150,302.33, said public-information officer Josh Poland.

As city engineer, Barker had a salary of $117,852.92 and a benefits package of $28,913.53, for a total compensation of $146,766.45, Poland said.

Poland said the promotion was effective Jan. 6.

The city engineer position was posted for external candidates at the end of 2019, and the city has extended an offer, Poland said.