….At an annual salary of $100,694. There, that’s out of the way.

News & Record reports the hiring of Ryan Deal as the City of Greensboro’s first chief creative economy officer to oversee the newly-established Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs:

“This will be the needle and thread that pulls it all together,” Assistant City Manager Chris Wilson said after Monday’s announcement of Deal’s hiring. “We know we have great assets here and we have great cultural diversity. But we’ve got to figure out a way to tie all those things together and celebrate it. That’s what Ryan will do.”

Deal’s hiring does have a practical element, however: his office will take over the management of the Greensboro Cultural Center, which has anchored the east side of downtown for years now. The Cultural Center had been under the management of the city’s parks and recreation department.