Salisbury Mayor Jake Day accepts Housing and Community Development Sec. Position, to step down from Mayor role
SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced Tuesday he would be stepping down from his role as the City’s mayor and joining Governor Wes Moore’s Cabinet as the Housing and Community Development Secretary.
Day tells 47 ABC he has had many accomplishments to be proud of during his ten years in office, but points to the city’s “Here is Home” and “Housing First” initiatives as indicative of the work he hopes to achieve at the state level.
“Leave no Marylander Behind was the Motto for our governor and as one of the smallest cities to have a housing first policy, to give that housing guarantee and wrap-around services because we recognized that of all the challenges we saw with the homeless, asking them to solve them first before being housed was backward, and I’m excited to carry those values forward in the new administration,” Day said.
Day says one of the issues that he got a first-hand look at as mayor, and hopes to tackle as Secretary, is the lack of affordable housing across the state.
“Right now housing unaffordability is rising rapidly in America and its something we have an obligation to work on it, is happening in Montgomery county, in Garret county, and in Wicomico county and we have a responsibility to work on that problem with housing advocates, local government developers and financing community, so I look forward to working on those challenges,” Day said.
Day will pass the torch to Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath on January 27th, who will serve as mayor until the November 2023 General Election.
Heath told 47 ABC that he would not have accepted the position if it wasn’t for his faith in the City of Salisbury department heads and the town council and that he hopes to continue the legacy of economic growth, investment, and revitalization in Salisbury.
“Find the best people, give them all the support, and put them in leadership roles, that’s always been my philosophy and I plan on continuing that moving forward as mayor,” Heath said.
Muir Boda will serve as Council President and April Jackson as Council Vice President.