Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Williamsburg has a new city manager

Andrew Trivette, Williamsburg city manager. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
Andrew Trivette, Williamsburg city manager. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

City Council has named a new city manager, and it’s a familiar face.

After Mayor Paul Freiling’s State of the City Address Thursday, City Council publicly and unanimously named Andrew Trivette city manager, effective Friday.

Trivette has been acting in the capacity of interim city manager since his predecessor, Marvin Collins, resigned from the position in May.

As interim city manager, Trivette has been making an annual salary of $140,760, according to city spokeswoman Lee Ann Hartmann. She said his new salary is $152,000.

“Being selected as the City Manager of Williamsburg is both an honor and a privilege,” Trivette wrote in a city news release. “I am particularly grateful to work with a knowledgeable and talented City staff that is so committed to serving this community. I thank the City Council for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and I look forward to building relationships and working together with the community to fulfill the City’s vision.”

As assistant city manager, Trivette coordinated the city’s legislative agenda, lead the city’s food truck work group, worked to implement the city’s parking plan and served as staff liaison to the General Assembly.

Collins resigned during an emergency City Council meeting, just four days after council passed his budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The budget repealed the funding ordinance for the city’s Tourism Development Fund, which was necessary for Senate Bill 942 to take effect.

At the time of his resignation, Collins was making a salary of $150,878.

Trivette served as the assistant city manager since August 2016. His salary as assistant city manager was $120,016.

Trivette was hired following a nationwide search to fill the position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science for the University of Virginia, and served as assistant city manager in Bristol, Virginia from 2012 to August 2016.

“During his time as Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager, Mr. Trivette has served this community extremely well,” Mayor Paul Freiling said in the news release. “His intelligence, insight, and approachability have impressed many Williamsburg residents, who have in turn expressed their support of him to City Council.”

WYDaily reporter Andrew Harris contributed to this story.

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