City Manager's Office
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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.
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.
Kent L. White
Assistant City Manager
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Kent White currently serves as Acting Assistant City Manager with oversight of Community Development, Human Services (including both Social Services and Juvenile Services), Lynchburg Public Library and Parks & Recreation. Mr. White has worked for the City of Lynchburg since 2003 as both an Environmental Planner and Senior Planner, before becoming the Community Development Director in 2012. In 2016, the Lynchburg Department of Community Development won the Outstanding Organization Award from the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials.
A native of Central Virginia, Mr. White has worked in local and regional government for over 27 years. He has a love of public service and a passion for connecting people to their community. He has completed both the Senior Executive Institute program through the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
Kent has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Lynchburg and is a board member with Optimist Club of Lynchburg – a service organization dedicated to celebrating our community’s youth. He particularly enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.
About the City Manager's Office
- 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.
- 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.
City Hall – 3rd Floor
900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Ph: (434) 455-3990
Fax: (434) 847-1536