City Manager's Office

Wynter Benda
City Manager
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Wynter C. Benda was appointed as Lynchburg City Manager in 2021. Before coming to Lynchburg, Benda served as Norfolk, Virginia’s Chief Deputy City Manager after having served as a Deputy City Manager. While in Norfolk, he led a portfolio of city departments that included the Departments of Planning, Intergovernmental Relations, Public Utilities, Public Works, Transit, Real Estate, Resilience and Communications.

He began his career in the City Manager’s Office as Assistant to the City Manager in Norfolk, where he worked across multiple city departments. He has also served as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Hampton, the In-House Council for the Chesapeake Treasurer's Office and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the 7th Judicial Circuit.

Benda was charged with overseeing several major economic development projects including negotiating a 30-year extension through 2060 of an existing water agreement with Virginia Beach valued at $250 million, finalizing a $30 million land sale agreement with Hampton Roads Sanitation District for the expansion of the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) onto Lambert’s Point Golf Course, spearheading a partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council to establish Selden Market – Norfolk’s first retail incubator space – in the newly renovated Selden Market, and managing several catalytic opportunities in Ocean View adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay.

He also implemented the new Department of Transit, overseeing the city’s multimodal transportation portfolio and was involved in a multi-year initiative to redesign the city’s transportation network.

Benda received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College, a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Theology degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law. He was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach. He and his wife Shannon have three daughters.

Greg Patrick
Deputy City Manager
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Greg Patrick is the Deputy City Manager for the City of Lynchburg. He previously served as Director of Budget and Strategic Planning for the City of Norfolk and began his duties with Lynchburg on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Greg graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Resource Management and has a Master's degree in Accounting from Strayer University. In addition to his previous position, he also served as Budget Team Leader and Management Analyst III with the City of Norfolk.

During his time with Norfolk, Greg helped guide the city to its first ever AAA credit rating, developed a formula to guide local K-12 operating funding and a capital funding model for school construction, and created "Civic Lab," which supports data-informed and innovative management in city operations and increased transparency in the community.

John H. Hughes, IV

Assistant City Manager

Acting Director of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department

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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, John has earned an A.A.S. in General Studies from Central Virginia Community College, as well as a B.S. in Social Science, a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.B.A., and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies all from the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College)

Hughes serves on the City’s Community Policing Advisory Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lynchburg Community Council, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Community Criminal Justice Board, Action for Change Committee, African-American Cultural Committee, and the Central VA Continuum of Care. He is active with professional organizations including the Virginia Local Government Management Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the International City/County Management Association.

John enjoys the pleasures of fatherhood, music, history, recreation, and opportunities for transformational leadership.

About the City Manager's Office

Appointed by City Council, the City Manager serves as Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation. The duties of this office are prescribed by the Charter of the City of Lynchburg, and include: appointment of department directors; daily execution of contracts on behalf of the City Government; preparation of an annual budget; reporting to City Council concerning the financial condition of City; and all other duties as prescribed by law, ordinance or resolution of City Council.
The City Manager's Office for the City of Lynchburg exists to fulfill three major roles:
  • to support City Council in its decision-making role,
  • to serve and partner with the community, and
  • ​to work with the city organization to focus, set priorities, and build capacity.
The general objectives and activities of the City Manager include: 
  • study and propose alternative solutions to community needs or programs;
  • interpret City Council actions to City government departments, outside organizations and citizens; and
  • provide professional leadership in executing the adopted policies of City Council.

The Lynchburg Plan

Endorsed by Lynchburg City Council on January 28, 2020. Click on the photo below to open the plan (pdf). 

International City-County Manager Association (ICMA) Code of Ethics

City Hall – 3rd Floor
900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Ph: (434) 455-3990
Fax: (434) 847-1536