Lynchburg City Council appoints new City Manager

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The search for a new City Manager ended on Tuesday with the appointment of Douglas P. Stanley.

Lynchburg City Council voted to appoint Stanley to succeed Bonnie Svrcek, the current City Manager who is set to retire effective on Sept. 1, 2020.

Stanley is the former County Administrator for Warren County in northern Virginia and will assume his duties as City Manager on Sept. 1, 2020.

Before City Council’s public vote, Mayor MaryJane Dolan stated that City Council had conducted a nationwide search for the City Manager’s position and they were pleased with having a number of very qualified candidates to consider.

“Even with having to deal with a nationwide pandemic, we had a very competitive pool of talented candidates from across the country. Council has been very deliberate in making its choice, and we have complete confidence in Doug being the right person to lead the organization. Bonnie leaves behind a strong leadership team that will provide great support for him as he becomes acclimated in his new position.”

MaryJane Dolan, Lynchburg Mayor

Stanley served as Warren County’s administrator for 20 years. He began his career in public service when he was hired as a Zoning Administrator in Warren County at the age of 25. He became Planning Director at age 27 and followed that up as the County Administrator in 2000.

Stanley is a graduate of Mary Washington College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He has received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Shenandoah Institute, Marsh Institute. Stanley is also a graduate the Senior Executive Institute-Weldon Cooper Center at UVA.

“I want to thank the Lynchburg City Council for selecting me to be the next City Manager. My family and I look forward to this fantastic opportunity the next chapter in life brings. For me, it is not simply the job; it is about getting involved and becoming part of the community. I look forward to meeting citizens and stakeholders and becoming an active participant in our community.”

Douglas P. Stanley, Newly-Appointed Lynchburg City Manager

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