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Mar 31

Women's History Month - Cindy Rohlf

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 9:33 AM by Communications Department

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women who have changed and impacted the City of Newport News.

With a passion to improve the lives of people, Cindy Rohlf has spent 30 years doing just that by Cindy Rohlfworking diligently in local government. Recently, Rohlf began a new journey continuing that very same passion as she made history by becoming the first ever woman to be appointed City Manager of Newport News.

Originally from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, a town just outside of Pittsburgh, Rohlf relocated to Hampton Roads in 1985 after her husband Chris took a job at Newport News Shipbuilding. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in political science and urban studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has studied at Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in urban government. Additionally, Rohlf is a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. It was in a local government class she had taken in graduate school that helped her realize she could still have an impact in government without being completely immersed in politics. She also credits one of her graduate school professors with encouraging her work as a woman in city management.
After moving to Hampton Roads, Rohlf landed a position with the City of Suffolk as a management analyst. She worked her way up the ranks to department director, assistant to the manager, and then assistant city manager. In 2008, Rohlf came to the City of Newport News as assistant city manager and has also served as interim city manager. The results of her leadership here in Newport News can be seen in the development of a comprehensive community maintenance program, the creation of a community garden, the establishment of the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, and the successful application for the $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Grant. She has also been instrumental in the City’s green efforts and environmental sustainability and stewardship. Rohlf continues to work to strengthen city codes and regulations that remove blight and develop programs, including the rental inspection program, that improve the living conditions for Newport News citizens.
Rohlf is also a member of the International City/County Management Association, the American Society for Public Administration and Virginia Local Government Management Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and the Newport News Green Foundation.