The Alexandria City Manager is appointed by the City Council to be the chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager carries out the policy directives of the City Council and manages the daily operations of City government. The City Manager oversees the preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets, an annual report and other such periodic financial and administrative reports as may be required for submission to the City Council. The City Manager appoints all heads of departments and employees of the City, except those in elected, judicial and school positions.
The City Manager's administrative staff oversees the preparation and review of all City Council docket items, requests, and Council Retreat materials. The administrative staff also serves as a liaison with City departments and with other governmental entities receiving funding from the City, but not reporting to the City Manager, and generally administers the City government.
City Manager Rashad M. Young
On October 24, 2011 Rashad M. Young was appointed as the City of Alexandria’s youngest and first African-American City Manager.
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.
Young serves as chief executive to a workforce of approximately 3,700 employees and maintains a $624 million General Fund operating budget. His tenure with the City of Alexandria thus far has been highlighted by initiatives aimed at improving communication, performance, and accountability throughout the organization. Examples of Young’s work include:
- Introducing the 4 Guiding Principles to guide the vision and strategy of the organization.
- Forming the Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA) to develop a culture and practice of performance management and data-driven decision making.
- Forming the Department of Project Implementation (DPI) to more effectively manage the growing and expansive list of City infrastructure capital projects.
- Promoting Alexandria as a city that welcomes residential, small businesses and economic development; most recently with the National Science Foundation’s June, 2013 announcement that it will be relocating its headquarters to the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.
- Enhancing civic engagement by developing and deploying technology such as Call.Click.Connect that allows citizens and stakeholders to communicate directly with staff at all levels of the organization.
Young’s awards and recognition include: receipt of the W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award in 1994, selection as one of the Cincinnati and Greensboro Business Journals’ “Top 40 Under 40” in 2002 and 2011, respectively, receipt of the Joe Bell Award for Early Career Achievement from the University of Dayton National Alumni Association, and receipt of the Steven D. Ford Memorial Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).
Young is also an Executive Board Member of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a Board Member of the NFBPA, and a credentialed manager and member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Young is married to Tameka Jones-Young. They have two children and reside in the City of Alexandria.
Deputy City Manager Tom C. Gates
Thomas C. Gates is the Deputy City Manager/Chief of Staff responsible for organizational strategic planning, assessing and improving operational efficiency, and improving performance and accountability measures. He has oversight responsible for several City Departments including the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Performance and Accountability, Information Technology Services and Internal Audit. Gates began his service with the City of Alexandria in February, 2009 as Assistant City Manager for Management Improvement.
Prior to joining the City, Gates served as the Assistant County Administrator for Spartanburg County, South Carolina where he provided management oversight and coordination of administrative operations and public safety services. Gates has served as the Management and Budget Director for both Spartanburg County, and Greenville, South Carolina. He has twice been appointed to City Administrator positions serving the municipalities of Loris, South Carolina and Garden City, Georgia. His 28 year public service career began with Montgomery County, Maryland in 1985.
Gates holds a Bachelor's Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, jointly awarded by the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. He has served as adjunct faculty for the University of South Carolina Upstate where he taught public administration and public financial administration and is an occasional guest lecturer at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.
Gates is formerly the Board Chair for the Spartanburg County Community Indicators Project and served on the board of the Urban League of the Upstate, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. Gates currently serves as on the board of the American Society of Public Administration's Center for Accountability Performance.
Gates is an International City/County Manager's Association Credentialed Manager. He lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria with his wife and twin sons.
Deputy City Manager Debra R. Collins
Debra R. Collins is the Deputy City Manager responsible for the oversight of the Department of Community and Human Services, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Liaison to the Alexandria Libraries, and Health Department. She is also responsible for all City grant funding to nonprofits and functions as the City's lead staff to the Alexandria City Public Schools. Collins previously was the Director of Human Services for the City of Alexandria the Assistant City Manager for Community and Human Services.
Prior to joining the City, Collins served eight years as Second Deputy Commissioner for the Erie County Department of Social Services in Buffalo, New York. Her other professional experience is in the non-profit sector in the areas of at-risk youth services, homeless re-housing assistance and with the YWCA as director of transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and substance abusers.
Collin's significant accomplishments include consolidating the Departments of Human Services, Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse and the Office on Women into the Department of Community and Human Services, reconstitution of the City Schools Staff Group. In partnership with ACT- creation of the Center for Alexandria's Children (Alexandria's child advocacy center), creation of the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations, and creation of Spring for Alexandria.
Collins has an undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and a graduate degree from Buffalo State College. Collins is a member of the 2007 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and a 2007 Alumnus of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
She is currently Secretary of the Board for ACT for Alexandria, Advisory Council Co- Chair for the Center for Alexandria's Children, Chair of the Northern Virginia Human Service Officials Committee of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), and a member of the National League of Cities Human Development Committee. Collins is also a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), and has received awards from Allies in Prevention, Business First 40 Under Forty, Business and Professional Women's NYS Young Careerist and the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Deputy City Manager Mark B. Jinks
Mark B. Jinks is the Deputy City Manager responsible for overseeing and facilitating the City's land use planning, zoning, historic preservation, transportation, environmental protection, code administration, affordable housing, and museum functions. His responsibilities cover the areas of economic development, project finance, and private real estate development. Jinks previously served for ten years as the City of Alexandria's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his time in Alexandria, he was the the Director of Management and Finance for ten years in Arlington County and also served as Budget Director there.
Jinks holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an alumnus of executive education programs at the Kennedy School at Harvard, the University of Virginia and Syracuse University. Jinks taught public finance and budgeting at universities in the United States and Poland, and has served as an economic development and financial management consultant to the cities of Warsaw, and Krakow Poland.
Jinks is a member of the Regionalism Council of the Urban Land Institute Washington, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Transit Company, and the Board of Governors of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.
Jinks served as the Chair of the Alexandria-Arlington Waste-to-Energy facility board, and on the boards of public pension funds for both Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. He served as a member the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Joint Development Task Force and the Client Advisory Board for Prudential Retirement. He has also served as a Governor's appointee to the Joint Legislative Subcommittee that reformed Virginia's business license tax system.
Deputy City Manager Laura B. Triggs
Laura B. Triggs, CPA, previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance for the City.
Prior to joining the City she served as the Associate Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia during the District of Columbia's financial crisis and as Director of Financial Projects for the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (also known as the Financial Control Board). Triggs has worked for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and KPMG LLP, auditing financial, insurance, service, nonprofit, and government institutions.
Triggs holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Southwestern University. She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Business School and has served on the Arlington, Virginia Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Commission.