Mayor-elect Dwight C. Jones has announced his mayoral transition team.
Among those announced are former Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney David Hicks and former city Chief Administrative Officer Sheila Hill-Christian, whose short tenure under Mayor L. Douglas Wilder ended with a press release from Hill-Christian complaining that her ability to lead had been compromised.
Administration and City Hall insiders have intimated that the compromise was largely over interference by Wilder. Her return as part of the Jones transition team marks an interesting turn, as Wilder and Jones often are viewed by many to represent opposing sides of the city's black leadership spectrum.
Hicks, who early in the mayoral election cycle said he was weighing the possibility of his own run for the seat, bowed out of the race earlier this year with his endorsement of Jones.
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Below is the full text of the Jones press release:
MAYOR-ELECT DWIGHT C. JONES For Immediate Release Thursday, November 6 Contact Kevin O'Holleran (804) 648-0008 — office (312) 804-3825 — mobile Richmond
Mayor-Elect Dwight Jones Announces Transition Team Leadership Richmond
Mayor-Elect Dwight Jones announced today the leadership that will help him build his transition team. The leadership includes: David Hicks, Chair; Honorary Co-Chairs C.T. Hill, Delegates Franklin Hall and Jennifer McClellan; William Leighty, Transition Co-Director, and; Sheila Hill-Christian, Co-Transition Director.
“I am honored that these individuals have agreed to serve on my leadership team. They bring diverse backgrounds in both the public and private sectors and through their work have made huge contributions to our city,” Jones said. “In order to ensure a smooth transition, I will be working with them to find the most qualified professionals committed to moving Richmond forward.”
David Hicks, Chair: David Hicks is a former Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney, serving in that elected position for 12 years. Hicks is currently partner at Hicks Tymas Law Firm in Richmond.
C.T. Hill, Honorary Chair: C.T. Hill is Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank. C.T. also serves as Chairman and CEO of Venture Richmond.
Delegate Franklin Hall, Honorary Chair: Delegate Franklin Hall has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1976 representing parts of Richmond and Chesterfield County.
Delegate Jennifer McClellan, Honorary Chair: Delegate Jennifer McClellan has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2006 representing parts of Richmond and Henrico County.
William Leighty, Transition Co-Director: William Leighty is the former Chief of Staff to both Governors Mark Warner and Timothy Kaine. He has a wide-range of experience from nearly 30 years of state government service.
Sheila Hill-Christian, Transition Co-Director: Sheila Hill-Christian is the former Richmond Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to being named to that position she served as the Director of the Virginia State Lottery in Governor Timothy Kaine's administration. ###