Williamsburg Economic Development Director Named New Assistant City Manager

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Williamsburg-The City of Williamsburg has named a new assistant city manager.

On July 28, Andrew O. Trivette, Williamsburg city manager, announced that Williamsburg’s director of Economic Development, Michele Mixner DeWitt, will become the new assistant city manager.

DeWitt has been the city’s Economic Development director for the past 16 years. She will assume her new position effective August 2. In her new role, she will lead the city’s legislative effort, manage strategic planning projects, spearhead special projects, and oversee contracts for services.

“Michele approaches every task with an energy and skill that is motivating,” Trivette said in a release. “Her ability to execute a vision will mean great things for our organization and community.”

The assistant city manager position has been vacant since 2019. DeWitt was chosen following a nationwide search.

DeWitt, who became Williamsburg’s first director of Economic Development back in 2005, also volunteers with Housing Partnerships and sits on the Williamsburg-James City County Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and The Williamsburg Farmers Market Board. She is also involved with the Williamsburg Garden Club, and serves on the finance committee of the Garden Club of Virginia.

“As a resident and longtime employee of the city, I am continually impressed with the quality of service and dedication of the employees,” DeWitt said. “I am honored and excited to take on a broader role with the City of Williamsburg as the new assistant city manager.”

Senior Economic Development Specialist Yuri Adams will serve as acting Economic Development director while the search begins to fill the position.