CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council has hired a new chief of staff - clerk of council – on Tuesday, January 22.

Kyna Thomas, the current deputy clerk of council for the city of Lynchburg, is taking the position currently held in an interim capacity by City Communications Director Brian Wheeler.

The position was formerly held by Paige Rice, who stepped down in September.

The city received more than 70 applications for the job opening.

Thomas will begin next week.