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Mark Whitley promoted to assistant city manager

City Manager Beverly Cameron has hired Mark Whitley for the assistant city manager position that had been advertised.

Whitley, 38, has been Fredericksburg’s budget manager since 2004. He has worked in local government for 14 years, including jobs in South Hill and Garner, N.C. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in public administration from the University of Georgia.

The assistant city manager position was left open after the City Council hired Cameron as city manager, after former City Manager Phil Rodenberg was forced to resign.

Cameron said that given the city’s difficult budget situation, he does not plan to fill the budget manager position Whitley will leave at this time. He said he would like to eventually hire a full-time budget manager, but didn’t see that being possible before 2012.

Cameron said he and Whitley will share budget duties. Whitley’s new salary in the position is $104,000.

He will not have duties related to economic development, something Cameron had said could potentially be a role of the assistant city manager when the position was first advertised. Council members had talked about that possibility, since the city has not had an economic development director since Kevin Gullette left in October 2008.

Cameron said that position will remain open for the time, but the city is working to fill the economic development manager position that Kim Schill left over the summer. City officials are interviewing candidates now for that post, which is focused on business development and retention.