Office of the City Administrator
The citizens of Laurel are our most important asset. Our goal is to provide our citizens with the best possible government. To ensure our commitment to citizen service, we will:
- Respond to all inquiries, requests for service, or complaints in a prompt, courteous, compassionate, and professional manner;
- Treat each citizen with respect, dignity, and courtesy, and keep waiting time to a minimum;
- Provide citizens with accurate and clearly defined information or procedures or direct them to the proper authority;
- Treat each individual and their needs, equally;
- Make it our duty to continually improve our employees' professional ability to maintain the highest level of citizen satisfaction available
- Ensure that the taxpayer's dollars are spent in the most economical and prudent fashion, staying within the guidelines set forth by the Mayor and City Council, the City Auditors, and the Association for Government Accounting Standards Board, keeping in mind the public's trust in this office to account for every dollar spent.
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About the City Administrator
The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Laurel City Council, and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Laurel.
The City Administrator directs and coordinates the general administration of the City government. The operations of each department are monitored to assure compliance with policies and legislation established by the Mayor and City Council. Responsibilities include the preparation and submittal of the annual budget, advising the Mayor and City Council on the financial condition and needs of the City and authorizing all purchases required under the Charter.
In addition to the day-to-day management of the City government, the City Administrator is responsible for insurance management, budget administration, Capital Improvement Program preparation, personnel, public safety and emergency management and Public Information and Community News and Information Office, cable television liaison, and other projects and activities as assigned by the Mayor. The City Administrator serves as Executive Officer to the City of Laurel Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, the Laurel Historic District Commission, and the Laurel Ethics Commission. The City Administrator also oversees other boards, committees and commissions. Please click here to access the City Boards, Committees, and Commissions page for more information.
Christian Pulley, CPM
Ms. Christian L. Pulley is the first African American to hold the position of City Administrator in the history of City of Laurel! She is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and began her tenure with the City in 2008. She has held several positions in the Economic and Community Development Department, including Director. In her most recent role as Deputy City Administrator, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City.
Prior to joining the City of Laurel, Ms. Pulley worked as an Outreach Associate with the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in Washington, DC. In this role, she worked with Coalition members in 16 states and the District of Columbia on membership matters and affordable housing policy.
Ms. Pulley is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, Leadership Maryland and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She also holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, as well as a BA in Urban Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Ms. Pulley is an active member of Leadership Maryland, the Inter City County Management Association (ICMA) and serves on the Maryland Humanities Board.
Ms. Pulley is a New Jersey native, who loves to travel and attend live musical performances in her free time. She considers Laurel a growing city, with a small-town feel.
Joanne Hall Barr
Deputy City Administrator
Joanne Barr has over 32 years of experience working for the City of Laurel. Beginning her tenure in 1989 and serving as the Department's Deputy Director, Ms. Barr was appointed Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2016. In addition to overseeing the department's day-to-day operations, Ms. Barr serves as liaison to the Laurel Arts Council and Recreation and Parks Citizens Advisory Committee.
In addition to previous professional experience with both the State of Virginia and the Fairfax County Park Authority, Ms. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation- Therapeutic Specialty from Frostburg State University and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Additionally, Ms. Barr serves as Vice President of the Maryland Municipal League's Parks and Recreation Association and is a member of the Hometown Emergency Preparedness Committee.