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Brenda G. Garton Named Interim City Manager

The City of Lexington is pleased to welcome Brenda G. Garton, ICMA Credentialed Manager - Retired, as Interim City Manager.  Ms. Garton brings over twenty-five years of local government management experience to the assignment and most recently served as Interim County Administrator in Rappahannock and Greene Counties.  She has acquired a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in local government that position her to assume day-to-day operations, as well as manage the many major projects required to keep the city moving forward.

Ms. Garton is an adept public speaker, possesses strong communication skills, and is committed to excellent service to city residents.  Her clear vision and collaborative approach will benefit all citizens of the City of Lexington.  She is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Virginia Local Government Management Association, and serves as a Senior Advisor for both organizations.  As a retired manager, she will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

On behalf of City Council, Mayor Frank Friedman said, “We want to express our great appreciation to departing City Manager Noah Simon for his fine work and for leaving Lexington well organized and in sound financial health.  Also, we are very confident in Brenda's knowledge, ability, and experience to lead the terrific team that is the Lexington City Staff.  We will be in great hands as we search for a permanent City Manager."

“I am pleased to be working in the City of Lexington,” said Garton.  “Council is confident in the abilities of city staff.  I look forward to working with them as we continue to move forward with programs and projects consistent with the Council’s vision for the City.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Ms. Garton will begin working on April 24 to provide overlap during Noah Simon’s final week as City Manager.  Mr. Simon announced his departure last month after four and a half years in the position.  Ms. Garton will assume the duties as Interim City Manager on May 1.

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