City Names Director of Public Works

Chief Administrative Officer Byron C. Marshall today announced the appointment of James A. Jackson to the position of Director of Public Works. Jackson will begin city service on Monday, February 28, 2011.

Jackson has more than 17 years of experience in the public works field, with 10 of those years serving as director for the cities of Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan as well as Wayne County, Michigan. In 2009, ICMA-PM Magazine published his achievement of successfully bringing a public works department from a $3.5 million deficit to a $9.8 million surplus through successful process improvement initiatives.

“James Jackson has a wealth of knowledge and experience as indicated in his many accomplishments, including the receipt of two awards in 2009 from the National Association of Counties,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The City of Richmond is delighted to have Jackson as part of our team.”

Jackson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Knoxville College, TN and received a Master’s Degree in General Government from Columbus State University, GA. Jackson was nominated as “Public Official of the Year” for Governing Magazine in 2010 and “Public Works Director of the Year” for American City & County Magazine in 2009. Jackson also served as a 1st Lieutenant with the United States Marine Corps.

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