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December 8, 2014 Published in City Hall

Young To Be Appointed D.C. City Administrator

Rashad Young (Courtesy Photo)

Rashad Young (Courtesy Photo) has confirmed that Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young will become the new District of Columbia City Administrator.

Sources confirmed late this evening that Young notified Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and members of the Alexandria City Council that he has accepted the position of City Administrator for the District of Columbia. D.C. Mayor Elect Muriel Bowser will reportedly make the announcement of Young's appointment tomorrow.

"We are grateful to Rashad for the contributions he's made to our community over the last three years," said  Euille.  "His work has made Alexandria a better place to live, work, and visit, and we are proud that Mayor-Elect Bowser has asked him to share his talents with our nation’s capital."

In 2011, Young became Alexandria’s youngest and first African American city manager.  He now oversees a workforce of approximately 3,700 employees and a general fund operating budget of nearly $637 million. His tenure in Alexandria has been highlighted by initiatives aimed at improving communication, performance, and accountability throughout the organization.

Young initiated "Four Guiding Principles" for all employees, including alignment of work with City Council’s Strategic Plan; accountability for results; leadership and ownership; and a culture of service excellence and creativity.  He worked to bring new focus to the City's long-term financial stability by updating the annual operating and capital budget development process, developing a five-year forecasting model, and implementing a budget philosophy based on strategic outcomes.

Young created a new Office of Performance and Accountability to measure and analyze programs and service delivery, and a new Department of Project Implementation to more effectively manage the City's growing infrastructure improvements.  He directed new training, development and advancement opportunities for employees, while overseeing the modernization of internal processes and work rules.  A new "Call.Click.Connect." service provides improved customer service options to report issues or request City services, and staff worked extensively with the community to produce a new civic engagement framework adopted by City Council as the "What’s Next, Alexandria?" handbook. Over the past three years, the City has marked several major economic development milestones, including the successful launch of the Waterfront Plan and the National Science Foundation's announced move to Alexandria.

"I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish during my tenure here, which would not have been possible without such an engaged and caring City Council and community, and an exceptionally talented and dedicated workforce." said Young. "Leaving Alexandria is bittersweet, but I am also excited by an opportunity to further my commitment to effective local government on a scale that impacts all Americans.  This experience has been the most challenging and rewarding of my 20-plus year career in local government, and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve as your City Manager.  Alexandria is a truly special place, and my family and I have been honored to be part of this community."

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.


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