Bonnie Svrcek was appointed as City Manager for the City of Lynchburg July 1, 2016. She is the first female to hold this position in Lynchburg. Prior to this appointment she served the City for 17 years as the Deputy City Manager. Prior to working in Lynchburg, Bonnie worked for the Town of Blacksburg as the Assistant Town Manager for nine years and as a Senior Budget Analyst in Fairfax County, Virginia for five years. She also worked for the City of Los Angeles’ Washington, D.C. office.
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Housing and Applied Design, received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California’s Washington Public Affairs Center, attended the Senior Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA and completed the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011. Bonnie completed the Dale Carnegie “Skills for Success” Program where she received the Human Relations and Highest Achievement Awards from her classmates.
Bonnie is a member of the Board of Directors of the All Points Employee Assistance Program; serves on the Advisory Board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Virginia; and is Vice President of the League of Women in Government Board of Directors. She is a former President and Southeast Regional Vice President for the International City/County Management Association. Bonnie is proud to have served as ICMA’s first female non-Chief Administrative Officer President and only the second female to serve in this role in ICMA’s history.
Bonnie enjoys shopping for unique and locally sourced yarn to create hand knit items and is working towards becoming a Certified Master Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association.
Charles W. Hartgrove, ICMA-CM
Deputy City Manager
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Charles W. Hartgrove began his tenure as Deputy City Manager in November 2016. He most recently served as the Town Manager of Ashland, Virginia for over thirteen years. He also previously served as the Town Manager for the Virginia communities of Middleburg and Gate City. He is active in several professional organizations including the International City/County Management Association, the Virginia Local Government Management Association, and the International Economic Development Council.
He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Downtown Lynchburg Association and on the Board of the Lynchburg Business Development Centre. He previously served as the President of the Board of the Dominion Resources Innovation Center, Chairman of the Pamunkey Regional Jail Authority, Advisory Board member of the Hanover Business Council Cabinet, the Capital Region Collaborative of Chamber RVA, and several other boards and commissions.
Mr. Hartgrove received a Bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He also received a Master of Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in public management from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. He has attended the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, the University of North Carolina School of Government’s Basic Economic Development Course, and the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute.
John H. Hughes, IV
Assistant City Manager
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John H. Hughes, IV, was appointed as Assistant City Manager for the City of Lynchburg in December 2016. He previously served the City as the Children’s Services Act (CSA) Coordinator in Human Services from 2007-2016, as a Foster Care Social Worker from 2004-2007 and as a Youth Care Worker at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Home from 1998-2000.
A native of Lynchburg, Mr. Hughes has earned an A.A.S. in General Studies from CVCC, as well as a B.S. in Social Science, a B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.B.A., all from Lynchburg College. Mr. Hughes received the Lynchburg College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership Studies at Lynchburg College with a focus on local government leadership and the phenomenon of gentrification.
Mr. Hughes is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, serves on the City’s Community Policing Advisory Committee, and is active with professional organizations including the Virginia Local Government Management Association and the International City/County Management Association. He previously served on nonprofit boards in the City of Lynchburg including Mary Bethune Academy, Hill City Youth Football and Cheerleading, and The Festival Center.
Mr. Hughes most enjoys the pleasures of fatherhood, music, history, recreation and opportunities for transformational leadership.
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