Carl Luft is a Vice President with
Voorhees Associates, specializing in management consulting,
executive search, restructuring and outsourcing, strategic
planning, and organization techniques and controls. He has 32 years
of experience in local government and financial management. He also
completed the General Electric Company corporate financial
management program and, during his tenure as city manager, was a
faculty instructor in the University of Delaware Graduate School of
Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
becoming a consultant, Mr. Luft was the City Manager of Newark,
Delaware for 21 years and City Manager of Canandaigua, New York for
over 6 years. Prior to that, he was Assistant Manager of Mt.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Mr. Luft was among the first group of city
managers to have earned and been recognized as fully credentialed
by the International City/County Management Association.
tenure in Newark, Mr. Luft led a renaissance of the city. The
Police Department became nationally accredited, the bond rating was
upgraded, Main Street/downtown was transformed, and capital
investments flourished as the municipal growth rate reached 17.5%.
Capital improvements under his direction included two new water
treatment plants, a state-of-the-art police facility, new and
restored public works and parks buildings, a two-fold increase in
electric substations, the award-winning Hall biking and nature
trail, and a 320 million gallon water supply reservoir.
also guided the evolution and restructuring of the Delaware
Municipal Electric Corporation. He served on the Executive
Committee and Board of Directors and was the chief sponsor of the
Corporation’s transition through deregulation of the industry. This
included renegotiation of purchase power agreements and
construction of a $35 million mid-load power generator.
Mr. Luft has
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Public
Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has served on
various Boards, volunteered in many community capacities, and
received numerous state and local government recognitions and
awards through the years. Mr. Luft has also been an active member
of ICMA, was past President of the City Management Association of
Delaware and Delaware Association for Public Administration, and
was recognized twice as City Manager of the Year by the Delaware
League of Local Governments.