City names new deputy city man­ager

Tyus ap­pointed to city's re­formed ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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