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Williamsburg City Manager Jack Tuttle’s final City Council meeting was marked by the appointment of his temporary successor.
The Williamsburg City Council appointed Deputy City Manager Jodi Miller to take on Tuttle’s duties on an interim basis after Tuttle’s June 30 retirement.
Miller has been a member of the City of Williamsburg’s government staff since 2000, when she began working as assistant city manager. She was named deputy city manager in August 2014.
Miller previously worked as an administrative analyst with the City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation.
Tuttle announced in November he would step down as city manager after 24 years in the position. His final week of City Council activity as city manager featured a flurry of honors.
State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3) visited Monday’s City Council work session to present Tuttle with a General Assembly resolution sponsored by Norment, state Sen. John Miller (D-1), Del. Monty Mason (D-93) and Del. Brenda Pogge (R-96) honoring Tuttle for his long tenure as Williamsburg’s city manager.
“Because I now have the privilege of representing about 13 different localities, I’ve had the opportunity to observe many county administrators and many city managers,” Norment said. “Without being disingenuous to Jack’s colleagues, you really are the dean of the extraordinary city managers in this area.”
The honors continued into Thursday’s City Council meeting, as Mayor Clyde Haulman presented Tuttle with a council resolution honoring the retiring city manager for his years of service to Williamsburg.
Haulman also announced a trail in Redoubt Park leading to the Civil War-era earthworks “Redoubt Two” would be named after Tuttle for his role in developing the park and preserving the redoubt elements of the Battle of Williamsburg site.
“It has been such an honor to serve both the people and the place that is Williamsburg these couple of decades,” Tuttle said.
The City Council is in the process of selecting Tuttle’s replacement, who will be only the seventh city manager Williamsburg has had since adopting the council-manager system of local government in 1932.
The council held a second round of closed-door meetings this week with potential city manager candidates. Haulman did not specify the size or composition of the candidate pool, but said the city hoped to have Tuttle’s replacement in place as soon as possible after his retirement.
In May, Haulman said the city had received 55 applications for the position of city manager, and would narrow that down to a pool of “five to eight” to interview.
The city manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at council members’ pleasure. The position is responsible for implementing policies established by the City Council and leads the city’s governmental departments and offices.