A new year will bring a new job for Eric Norenberg, who is ready to take over the reins as Milford's new city manager.

Eric Norenberg starts his job as Milford’s city manager early next month.
However, the Ohio native said he has already spent plenty of time getting to know all about the city and the community he is about to call home.
Norenberg has been the city manager of Oberlin, Ohio, since 2007. He is ready to jump in and help lead Milford any way that he can, whether that be managing infrastructure or volunteering at community events.

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MORE ABOUT NORENBERG
WIFE Kaye   CHILDREN Zachary and Molly   DOG Checkers   EDUCATION Has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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“I am excited to be joining Mayor Shupe and the Milford City Council as we continue the redevelopment of downtown Milford and the Mispillion Riverwalk, and prepare for the Bayhealth campus,” he said.
Norenberg recently answered five questions posed by the Milford Beacon.
Q What was it about the job that made it so attractive?
A As city manager, I enjoy being directly involved in making my community even better by strengthening the economy, providing quality services and helping residents. As I read the recruitment profile and online articles about Milford, I could tell that these priorities aligned with those of Mayor Shupe, the city council, city staff and Milford residents.
Q Have you ever been to Delaware? What attracted you to coming here?
A While I was growing up, my family visited Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., but I don’t believe we visited Delaware. So, without a previous visit to remember, my wife and I had to do more research into Delaware and Milford. The more we learned about the rich history of Milford and the First State, the climate, the affordable economy, and the quality of life in Milford, the more we felt this was a location we would enjoy and where we would feel at home.
Q What have you learned studying the city?
A In preparation for my interview, I learned about ambitious plans for the downtown and the Bayhealth medical campus. When I came to Milford for interviews, I had a chance to speak with longtime residents and with newer residents. All were very welcoming and had positive stories to tell about their involvement in the community and the direction the City of Milford is going. And, while I also learned there are also challenges to be faced, I have a sense that those challenges are really opportunities to make Milford even better.
Q Are you looking forward to working on the Downtown Development Project?
A My wife and I have already spent time in downtown Milford. We are both excited by the plans for the riverfront and other parts of downtown. We are also very impressed with the work of Downtown Milford Inc. [My wife] Kaye and I look forward to volunteering with special events, as well as eating and shopping in downtown.
Q What would you like for Milfordians to know about you?
A As city manager, I have an open door policy: I want residents and businesspersons in Milford to know they can contact me with questions or concerns. I hope everyone will feel comfortable reaching out to me to help educate me about Milford. I am a fairly active Twitter user, so as I transition from Oberlin to Milford, I hope Milfordians will follow me at @enorenb and use that as one of many ways for us to connect.
Next, my wife and I will be active members of the community, on and off hours. Kaye and I are looking forward to working alongside other residents as we volunteer in the community.
Finally, we are dog people. Our dog, Checkers, is looking forward to joining us in Milford, to taking us for many walks in downtown and in Milford neighborhoods, and to spending time at the Milford dog park.