Charlottesville hires two department heads

The City of Charlottesville has promoted two employees to take over their departments, and has also filled the position of Human Resources Director. 

Mary Ann Hardie will move to Charlottesville from Washington state to take the human resources position, which has been vacant since November 2020 when Michelle Vineyard left after just over a year of service. Hardie has served for the past three years as human resources director in Lacey, Washington. That’s a suburb of state capital Olympia that grew from 42,393 people to 53,526 from 2010 to 2020 according to the U.S. Census.

Hardie starts work on May 16.

Mary Ann Hardie (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

Misty Graves has been with the city of Charlottesville’s Human Services Department for 16 years and has been the interim director since Kaki Dimock left the city to work for Albemarle County. 

“I am humbled by the opportunity to build on the existing work of the Department,” is quoted in a press release. “Our Department is comprised of dedicated staff that are committed to creating a more equitable and just community so all of our residents may thrive, and it’s my honor to work alongside them.”

Misty Graves (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

David Dillehunt has been the interim deputy director of the Office of Communications and Public Engagement since soon after former director Brian Wheeler stepped down late last year. Deputy Director Joe Rice left soon afterwards. Dillehunt began working for Charlottesville in 2005 as a consultant has won two Regional Emmy Awards for work he’s produced for the city. 

In 2004, Dillehunt also produced a documentary on the children’s program You Can’t Do That On Television. (play the trailer

The city is still looking to fill the director’s position for the Office of Communications and Public Engagement. The position closes May 18 if you want to throw your hat in the ring. (see the vacancy)

David Dillehunt (Cred

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