Council picks former D.C. administrator to run the city 

A former city administrator from Washington D.C. will serve as Charlottesville’s latest interim city manager.

“I look forward to coming to town, hitting the ground running, working with you, listening to you, understanding the issues that are immediately before you so that we can work on constructive solutions for addressing problems and issues for the citizens of the citizens and residents of the city of Charlottesville,” said Michael C. Rogers. 

Here’s City Councilor Michael Payne reading from the resolution. 

“Be it resolved by the Council of the City of Charlottesville that the Robert Bobb Group having previously having been awarded a contract to provide interim city manager services has offered Mr. Michael C. Rogers as its key personnel to be assigned by the firm to perform the duties of City Manager,”  Payne said. 

Rogers served as D.C.’s administrator in the mid 1990’s at the same time Marion Barry was serving in his last term as Mayor. He resigned in 1997, according to coverage in the Washington Post at that time

Rogers was introduced by Robert Bobb of the Robert Bobb Group. 

“Michael Rogers has a doctorate, has a J.D. degree, a master’s in public policy, and has over 30 years of experience in municipal government and in the private sector,” Bobb said. “He has served as the city administrator of the District of Columbia and as a director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government, the regional planning agency.”

Rogers held that position for four and a half years and was commended in a resolution from January 2003

Michael C. Rogers begins work in Charlottesville on January 31 (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

From April 2018 to July 2019, Rogers served as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer in Petersburg. He resigned from the position according to this story from WTVR and this one from NBC12. He’s also served as chief procurement officer for the City of New York. 

Rogers thanked Council for selecting him. 

“I am excited about this opportunity,” Rogers said. “I can tell you what I know about Charlottesville. Early in my career, I met a man named Cole Hendrix who was your long-term city manager. I kind of grew up with him in my career. I can still remember the excitement and joy in his voice when he talked about his city of Charlottesville.”

Hendrix served in the position from 1971 to 1996. Rogers said he has been here a couple of times, and has a lot to learn. 

Rogers begins work on January 31. 

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