One of the city’s longest-serving employees will leave his post as deputy city manager at the end of the year for a part-time project manager position at the BMX Supercross track at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk.
City officials announced Wednesday morning Gerry Schapiro, a 45-year veteran with the city of Rock Hill, will transition out of the city manager’s office Dec. 31. In his new job, Schapiro will assist with community engagement, promoting tourism, and boosting the city’s economic development opportunities related to the Olympic-caliber BMX venue.
Schapiro has been deputy city manager working under Rock Hill city managers Carey Smith and David Vehaun since 2007. He also works with Deputy City Manager Jimmy Bagley.
He started as a city employee in 1970 as a planner, later was promoted to manager in the planning and management office and then was appointed to serve as Rock Hill’s financial director and municipal clerk. In 1999, Schapiro became assistant city manager, serving with former manager Russell Allen. Schapiro was acting city manager in 2001 and 2002 during interim periods.
Before Rock Hill, Schapiro worked on Wall Street in New York City in investment banking and as a consultant in the public sector in San Francisco. He’s also previously worked as an adjunct professor at Winthrop University.
Schapiro’s other activities include the S.C. Municipal Finance Officers and Clerk Treasurers Associations – as chairman of both, the S.C. chapter of the American Red Cross, and the York Technical College Foundation board. He’s also volunteered with the Rock Hill Arts Council, chaired the City Club of Rock Hill, and held positions with the Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cultural and Heritage Foundation, the Winthrop Board of Visitors, and the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation.
He is currently treasurer of the Winthrop Foundation and sits on the RHEDC Quality of Life committee.
Schapiro is a 1967 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned his master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York in 1968.
City Manager Vehaun said Wednesday in a statement: “Gerry always puts the best interests of the community at the heart of what he does each day, and I know that will continue as he transitions to this new role and challenge.”