City Manager Jim Spore announced today that he has named Cindy A. Curtis as deputy city manager, effective Aug. 1, 2011. Cindy replaces Susie Walston, who retired on April 1. Cindy was previously the city’s Director of Parks and Recreation, a position she has held since 2003.
In her new position, Cindy will report directly to the City Manager and will supervise the following departments: Human Services, Parks and Recreation, Human Resources, Libraries, the Organization Development Office, the Media and Communications Group and the Office of Volunteer Resources.
“Cindy is an experienced municipal leader, an accomplished manager and above all, an innovative thinker,” said Jim Spore. “I look forward to the contributions she will make in moving the City of Virginia Beach forward. She is an excellent addition to my senior management team.”
Before coming to Virginia Beach, Cindy served as Deputy Director for the City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; as Enterprise Director for the Prince William County Park Authority; and as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bedford. In 1999, she served as president of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS). In 2008, she received the VRPS Fellows Award, which recognizes her career’s body of work and contributions to the profession. The Fellows Award is the highest honor granted by the organization. Cindy is also on the Board of Regents of NRPA’s Revenue Development and Management School.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Davidson College in North Carolina. She has studied urban and regional planning at the graduate level at Virginia Tech, where her emphasis was on open space and park master planning and design. She resides in the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach.
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