Nationwide Search to Hire City Manager

Page updated on Dec 1, 2021 at 7:26 PM

Alexandria City Council Named Next City Manager  

At a special meeting on December 1, the Alexandria City Council appointed James F. Parajon as Alexandria’s next City Manager, effective January 18, 2022. Parajon will be the successor to current City Manager Mark B. Jinks, who is retiring in January. Learn more in the news release

Alexandria’s Next City Manager

City Council determined that the successful candidate for the position of City Manager of Alexandria will:

  • have a demonstrated and verifiable record of inclusive, transparent and inspirational leadership in guiding an organization and clear commitments to making a difference through public service. They will possess strong administrative, fiscal management and decision-making skills and a history of expanding revenue through both state and Federal grants;
  • recognize the importance of ongoing participation in intergovernmental activities at regional, state, and national levels; and through this participation, work to influence legislative and regulatory change consistent with the City's interests and needs; and
  • have significant and relevant experience managing a city or county government similar in scale and complexity to the City of Alexandria, as well as (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and (preferably) a master’s or other advanced degree.

The City Manager will be required to live in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Community Engagement

City Council chose POLIHIRE to conduct the recruitment for this position, due to their experience incorporating community input and engagement to assist with the national search.

The community was able to provide input in the search for the next City Manager through an online community survey. The goal of the survey was to get a sense of the community’s vision of and priorities for the next City Manager.

In order to reach residents, business owners, civic leaders—as well as those who frequent Alexandria for work, school, recreation or worship—the community survey was made  available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic. The survey available through September 17, and was promoted throughout the community, including using traditional media channels, social media, and through local business, non-profit and faith-based groups.

On September 22, the Alexandria City Council held a hybrid town hall meeting to receive input from the community about the qualities and values that should be considered in the hiring of the next City Manager.  View the survey results presented at the town hall meeting.

Employee Engagement

In addition to robust community engagement, City Council is working diligently to engage employees of the City of Alexandria in identifying their vision of and priorities for the next City Manager. A survey, similar to the community engagement survey, was available to City employees in both English and Spanish. City Council also held a town hall for City employees to provide additional feedback, in person and virtually, on the recruitment and hiring process for the next City Manager.