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Charlottesville selects Lyons for Deputy City Manager for Operations position

Crystal Graham
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The City of Charlottesville has a new Deputy City Manager for Operations. Lionel Lyons joins city staff after serving in a similar role in the City of Petersburg for four years.

Lyons’ public service career spans 30 years serving in various executive level positions.

He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master of Public Administration and North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

In his new role in Charlottesville, Lyons will oversee a variety of assignments relating to the city’s capital improvement plan and special projects, organization-wide initiatives and operational efficiencies.

His portfolio will include neighborhood development services, public works, transit and utilities. Lyons will report to the city manager.

“I welcome Lionel, a seasoned veteran of public service, to help fill out my team,” said Samuel Sanders, City Manager. “I am energized by the knowledge and professionalism he will bring to enhance our ability to deliver on my commitment to have a government that is focused on strengthening our service to our community while making an impact daily.”


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.