CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Chip Boyles has been selected as Charlottesville’s new city manager after a spell of leadership turnover. City Council made the announcement in a press conference this afternoon.
Boyles led the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission as the executive director since 2014.
This appointment comes after City Council spent many hours of emergency closed sessions, trying to sort out long-standing staffing issues. City Councilor Michael Payne called it a “leadership crisis.”
One of the biggest conflicts within the organization was finding a good fit for city manager. Now, after months of searching, Boyles will fill the role and try to move the city in a new direction.
“Although he has not been employed by the city of Charlottesville, he knows the city of Charlottesville,” Councilor Lloyd Snook said. “He’s lived here for seven years, he’s had a chance to observe our government in action, and he knows exactly what he’s getting into.”
Boyles has served as assistant city manager and city manager in Taneytown, Maryland, Hardeeville, South Carolina, as well as Clemson. He was also the urban development director of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Boyles says his top priority is filling all vacant leadership positions.
“We’ve got a very big bus here, we’ve got to get the right people on the bus and then the right people in the right seats,” Boyles said. “It’s crucial that we do that, that will then set the stage for how we’re able to move the rest of the city forward.”
While this is a step forward, the city also announced its acting city manager John Blair is leaving to take a job as a city attorney in Staunton. His last day is February 12.