The Alexandria City Manager is appointed by the City Council to be the chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager carries out the policy directives of the City Council and manages the daily operations of City government. The City Manager oversees the preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets, an annual report and other such periodic financial and administrative reports as may be required for submission to the City Council. The City Manager appoints all heads of departments and employees of the City, except those in elected, judicial and school positions.
The City Manager's administrative staff oversees the preparation and review of all City Council docket items, requests, and Council Retreat materials. The administrative staff also serves as a liaison with City departments and with other governmental entities receiving funding from the City, but not reporting to the City Manager, and generally administers the City government.
City Manager Rashad M. Young
On October 24, 2011 Rashad M. Young was appointed as the City of Alexandria's youngest, and first African-American, City Manager.
Young's entire career has been dedicated to public service. He began as an intern at the City of Dayton and earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He worked in Dayton as the Assistant to the City Manager, Deputy Director of the Division of Information & Technology Services, and Acting Assistant City Manager. In 2002, Young accepted a position with the City of Cincinnati, Ohio as Assistant City Manager. Young moved back to Dayton in 2005 where after a brief term as Assistant City Manager, he accepted his first City Manager appointment.
Young's tenure in Dayton included accomplishments such as maintaining fiscal discipline and achieving the upgrading of the City's bond rating. Young had similar success in Greensboro, North Carolina where he was appointed as City Manager in 2009. Citing Alexandria, Virginia as being "one of two places in the country" that he wanted to live and raise his family, Young accepted the appointment as Alexandria's 17th City Manager in October, 2011.
Young serves as chief executive to a workforce of approximately 3,200 employees and maintains a $634 million General Fund operating budget. His tenure with the City of Alexandria thus far has been highlighted by initiatives aimed at improving communication, performance, and accountability throughout the organization. Examples of Young's work include:
- Introducing the 4 Guiding Principles to guide the vision and strategy of the organization.
- Forming the Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) to develop a culture and practice of performance management and data-driven decision making.
- Forming the Department of Project Implementation (DPI) to more effectively manage the growing and expansive list of City infrastructure capital projects.
- Promoting Alexandria as a city that welcomes residential, small businesses and economic development; most recently with the National Science Foundation's June, 2013 announcement that it will be relocating its headquarters to the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.
- Enhancing civic engagement by developing and deploying technology such as Call.Click.Connect. that allows citizens and stakeholders to communicate directly with staff at all levels of the organization.
Young's awards and recognition include: receipt of the W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award in 1994, selection as one of the Cincinnati and Greensboro Business Journals' "Top 40 Under 40" in 2002 and 2011, respectively, receipt of the Joe Bell Award for Early Career Achievement from the University of Dayton National Alumni Association, and receipt of the Steven D. Ford Memorial Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). Young is also an Executive Board Member of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a Board Member of the NFBPA, a credentialed manager and member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).
Young is married to Tameka Jones-Young. They have two children and reside in the City of Alexandria.