Rocky Mount has a new downtown development manager.
City Manager Charles Penny announced Tuesday that John R. Jesso has been selected to fill the position vacated by Vanessa McCleary in October.
Jesso worked with Wachovia Bank for 18 years as a strategic program manager prior to serving two years on the Strategic Governance Leadership team with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
“I am pleased that we were able to attract an individual with the qualities that John Jesso brings as our downtown manager,” Penny stated in a press release. “John’s diverse background will be an asset in his new role.”
At Wachovia, Jesso oversaw implementation of the bank’s expansion when it moved into a new territory and was responsible for its growth strategy. With the Department of Education, Jesso served on a team charged with creating a collaborative environment where stakeholders can openly share information and ideas, resulting in a more efficient workplace and saving taxpayer dollars. Jesso also has worked with nonprofit organizations in the fundraising and event-planning areas.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Jesso began his first day on the job Monday after moving to Rocky Mount from Charlotte. He will be paid a yearly salary of $58,000.