City Manager Cindy Rohlf has hired retired Ft. Eustis Garrison Commander Ralph L. “Bo” Clayton as an Assistant City Manager. Clayton begins today, July 1, 2019, in his new position and will be responsible for operational departments such as Public Works, Engineering, Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Vehicle & Equipment Services.
“Bo has extensive and diverse experience in leadership and management along with a thorough understanding of government operations,” said City Manager Rohlf. “He is a strategic thinker and planner with a passion for public service. I am pleased that he is joining my executive leadership team, and I look forward to his contributions to the many exciting things going on in Newport News.”
“I would like to thank the City Manager for this tremendous opportunity,” Clayton said. “My family and I are very excited and truly humbled to join such a great team as the Newport News City government. I look forward to meeting everyone and doing my part in working towards providing excellent city services to our entire community.”
Clayton retired from the United States Army in 2019 as a Colonel after a 30-year military career. His last assignment was at Joint Base Langley-Eustis as Garrison Commander of Fort Eustis, essentially serving as city manager of the military installation for two years. Clayton’s career also included several deployments to the Middle East, commanding teams across Africa and South America, and extensive experience in strategic communications and special operations.
Clayton possesses a bachelor’s degree in biology from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Virginia Local Government Management Association.