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City Announces Kenneth Young as the New City Manager

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the City announced the appointment of Kenneth “Kenny” Young as its new City Manager.

Mr. Young’s tenure starts with the City begins on September 27, 2021.

Mr. Young brings to the City more than 25 years of progressive local government and private sector experience. Mr. Young has a wealth of experience leading counties, municipalities, and departments across the country. Mr. Young most recently served as County Administrator for Goochland County, VA where he oversaw a budget in excess of $141 million and 175 employees. During his time at Goochland, he directed and supervised operations of all County departments and guided the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic with one of the highest vaccination rates for residents within the State of Virginia.

Prior to serving in Goochland, Mr. Young was the Assistant County Administrator for Loudoun County, VA, an organization with more than 4,100 employees and budget of $3.2 billion. There he oversaw several departments including Building and Development, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, as well as major projects like the county-wide Comprehensive Plan. Under his leadership, the county was recognized for the most business investment for counties of its size in America.

Previously, Mr. Young served as Assistant Town Administrator for the Town of Capitol Heights, MD and as an acting assistant City Manager for the City of North Las Vegas, NV. He has also held positions in economic and community development, neighborhood services, and planning.

Mr. Young is a Credentialed Manager from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, having previously served on their Executive Board. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration and bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University.

Mr. Young fills the position left vacant by previous City Manager Scott Somers who resigned to pursue a position in Arizona. Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner has served as Interim City Manager since December 2020.

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