NORMAL — Normal's uptown management is getting a shake-up after Uptown Manager Joe Tulley left that position last month.

Tulley's duties will be split between a new cultural arts department that will oversee events and Economic Development Director Sally Heffernan, who will work to attract new businesses and work with the existing Uptown Partners business association.

"As has been the case already, support for uptown activities will involve the entire organization," said City Manager Mark Peterson in a news release Tuesday. He said the administration, communications, facilities management, parks and recreation and public works departments regularly contribute to events.

Shelleigh Birlingmair, who has been Children's Discovery Museum executive director since last fall, will add the new role of cultural arts director. She will continue to oversee Adam Fox, who has been Normal Theater manager since 2015 but will move to the new position of civic arts manager.

Benjamin Young, who is now part-time assistant theater manager, will succeed Fox as head theater manager, a full-time role.

Birlingmair's salary will not change for the new role, said town Communications Director Dan Irvin. Fox will get a raise from $65,083 annually to $75,375, and Young will make $46,742. Tulley made $70,711.

Because Young will not be replaced as assistant theater manager and his salary is less than Tulley's, the town will save about $30,000 through the changes — though that wasn't the point, Irvin added.

"It’s about creating the best team we can moving forward," he said. 

Tulley "resigned to pursue other opportunities," according to the town. He became uptown manager in 2011. Tulley could not be reached for comment.

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