From the City of Lynchburg: Lynchburg City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek announced today that she has appointed a new Deputy City Manager, Charles W. Hartgrove. Hartgrove currently serves as the Town Manager in Ashland, Virginia. He will assume his duties on November 2, 2016. In July 2016, Svrcek was appointed to the position of City Manager, leaving the Deputy City Manager position vacant. Hartgrove’s appointment was made following a national search. There was an initial pool of 56 applicants. The field was narrowed after a series of telephone and in-person interviews. The top two candidates then met with members of the City’s Leadership Team as well as a representative group of City employees, toured the City of Lynchburg and learned of some of Lynchburg’s challenges and opportunities. According to Svrcek, Hartgrove has over 18 years of experience in local government management including serving as town manager in three Virginia localities – Gate City, Middleburg, and the last 13 years in Ashland.
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“Charles has a proven track record of building successful partnerships with diverse community stakeholders and successfully improving and providing innovative service delivery. His experience, knowledge, and passion for public service will be a great asset to this community, and I am excited that he will be joining our work family,” said Svrcek.
“I am honored to be afforded this exciting opportunity to serve as Deputy City Manager. Lynchburg has an excellent reputation throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, and it is humbling to know that moving forward, I will have the opportunity to be a part of this well-regarded community.” said Hartgrove.