City names new deputy city manager
Tyus appointed to city's reformed administration
PETERSBURG — The new city administration continues to take shape. The city announced on Wednesday that Darnetta K. Tyus has been named Deputy City Manager and Director of Community Affairs.
Tyus will be coming to Petersburg from Washington D.C., where she is the Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement for the deputy mayor’s office. Tyus works specifically with the office of Planning and Economic Development to help revitalize neighborhoods and attract businesses to the area. Tyus was directly involved in the engagement strategy for the New Communities Initiative, which is a partnership with the District of Columbia Housing Authority. The project impacted the redevelopment of three public housing communities, Barry Farm, Park Morton and Lincoln Heights.
“We are pleased to attract this level of talent to the City of Petersburg and look forward to having Ms. Tyus on our management team,” said Petersburg City Manager Aretha Ferrell-Benavides.
A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Tyus did her undergraduate work in accounting, before obtaining a masters in Finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Tyus will begin work in Petersburg on September 5.
Upon taking office back in June, Benavides
restructured several parts of the city administration to include two deputies.
“We are excited to bring Ms. Tyus from Washington, DC,” said Benavides. "She has an outstanding propensity for overseeing positive growth in communities. She has managed federally-funded programs and developed expertise in overseeing multimillion-dollar budgets.”