City of Alexandria Selects New City Attorney
The City of Alexandria welcomes Cheran Cordell Ivery as its new City Attorney. Ivery is coming to Alexandria from the same role in Hampton, Virginia, and will start her service on January 8, 2024.
In her capacity leading the City Attorney’s Office, Ivery will serve as the legal advisor to City Council, City Manager, and all agencies of the City of Alexandria, represent the City in court, and carry out public requests for records. In Hampton, she oversees a department of 16 charged with advising all city departments, boards, commissions, and certain affiliate entities, in addition to the City of Hampton’s Risk Management Division and Freedom of Information Act Office.
City Council confirmed Ivery in a unanimous vote due to her decades of local government service, expertise in risk management, and proficiency in law and policy guidance.
“The City Attorney is one of the few positions across our organization selected by Council, which reflects the level of responsibility this role holds in the City,” Mayor Justin Wilson said. “We are enthusiastic about Ms. Ivery joining the City and look forward to her counsel and leadership.”
A native of Palo Alto, California, Ivery began her career in local government with the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, as an Assistant City Attorney, spending over a decade in successive leadership roles there.
Ivery holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where she played on the women’s basketball team, and a Juris Doctor from the College of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and GIRLS Club, a mentorship program for pre-teen and teenage girls. She is also the mother of three children.
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