City managing director announces retirement; will resign in January

Pat Loeb
September 24, 2018 - 5:20 pm
Mike DiBerardinis (left) and Brian Abernathy (right)

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city government's managing director is stepping down after less than three years in the job. 

In January, Mike DiBerardinis' deputy will take over running the day-to-day work of the Kenney administration.

DiBerardinis has been in government so long, most people don't know he started out as a rabble-rousing community activist. But his roots in advocacy have always informed his government service. 

It was, in some ways, the inspiration for what he counts as his proudest achievement: fighting through delays and opposition to launch the $500 million Rebuild project of community facilities.

"It will be a game-changer," he said.

DiBerardinis told Mayor Jim Kenney from the beginning he would only stay two to four years, and his deputy, Brian Abernathy, worked closely alongside him to assure a smooth transition.

"The work that we set up here has moved along really well," he said, "and I'm confident that work will go forward with the same drive and purpose that it has while I was here."

DiBerardinis noted the opioid crisis has been the biggest challenge he's faced. The worst part of the job: Worrying "about everything that could go wrong," he admitted.

DiBerardinis will join the University of Pennsylvania as a full-time professor at the Fels Institute of Government.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story misidentified the size of the Rebuild project.