City Management

Sam Sanders

Samuel Sanders, Jr.

City Manager
Appointed by Charlottesville City Council to serve as City Manager, effective August 1, 2023. Sanders served for two years as Deputy City Manager of Operations for the City, after serving as the Executive Director of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Mid City Redevelopment Alliance.  A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sanders is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News and holds an M.P.A. from Troy State University. He completed the Achieving Excellence program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2020.

The City Manager’s Office

The City of Charlottesville operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the Chief Executive Officer for the City. This office is responsible for implementing the policies and directives of the City Council throughout the various City departments and agencies.

This office directs, monitors, reviews, and evaluates a wide array of programs and services conducted on behalf of the City. The City Manager’s office includes the Office of Budget  and Performance Management, the Office of Communications, the Office of Economic  Development, the Office of Housing & Redevelopment and the Office of Human Rights. The City Manager’s Office is also charged with recommending, implementing, and monitoring policies and procedures that maintain the financial well-being of City government. Additionally, the office is responsible for communications strategies, economic development and workforce efforts and human rights initiatives.

The City Manager’s Office is located on the second floor of City Hall. The public is always welcome to stop by our office for information, to share an opinion or to request a service.

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