NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News City Council announced Tuesday night that Cindy Rohlf will serve as the new city manager.
“I just wanted to say thank you to city council. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve as your next city manager,” Rohlf said, after Mayor McKinley Price made the announcement at a city council meeting.
In her former role as assistant city manager, Rohlf had oversight on departments including human resources, engineering, public works, and finance, she told WAVY News in an interview Wednesday.
Rohlf replaces Jim Bourey, who resigned earlier this month after council met behind closed doors about his job performance. She had been serving as acting city manager since then.
Rohlf has spent 30 years in local government, the last nine in Newport News, and previously worked in Suffolk. She is the first female to hold the job for the city.
“It feels good, but honestly, it’s not something I really ever, didn’t think of it in those terms. I just thought of it as being able to take over and that council had the confidence in me to be able to do the position,” she said.
She has a reputation for getting things done and wants to keep the city moving forward, she said.
“I think we need to continue to focus on economic development, diversifying our tax base, we need to continue to look at our neighborhoods, focus on them, do some revitalization and maintain our existing neighborhoods,” Rohlf said.
Rohlf also wants to work on housing and crime, she said. She lives in Newport News and is originally from the Pittsburgh area.