Mayor Jones hires Selena Cuffee-Glenn as new CAO

Meet the City’s new Chief Administrative Officer.

Today Mayor Jones announced he’d replace former city Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall with Selena Cuffee-Glenn. Cuffee-Glenn has history with the City, previously working for the RRHA. Chris Beschler had filled the roll of acting CAO since Byron Marshall’s sudden departure last year.

The City’s press release follows.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced the appointment of Selena Cuffee-Glenn as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer.

When naming Cuffee-Glenn, Mayor Jones acknowledged her ties to the Richmond community and her wealth of experience, most recently as the City of Suffolk’s City Manager.

“I’m excited to bring Selena back to Richmond because she possesses the professional management and administrative skills we need right now,” said Jones. “Like most cities and most governments, we have too many needs and not enough money to meet them all. I’m not interested in raising taxes, or cutting back on the services our residents expect and deserve, so this means we have to be wise with our resources and we have to operate more efficiently and effectively. We have to make Richmond an easier place to do business with; a place that gets things done. I believe Selena can help strengthen and improve upon our operations.”

In the past, Cuffee-Glenn worked in planning and community development for the City of Richmond. She also led planning and community development for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Urban Studies Department. She obtained a Masters Degree in Urban and City Planning from the University of Virginia.

“Selena has more than thirty years of experience with municipal government management and I’ve been impressed by her experience and her expertise in operating a government effectively,” said Jones. “She also assembled a strong management team that led to a Triple A bond rating for Suffolk during her tenure.”

Cuffee-Glenn’s appointment will become effective May 18, 2015, with a salary of $203,000 annually.

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