Marshall appointment approved by city council

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The city of Richmond finally has a new Chief Administrative Officer. City council members unanimously approved Mayor Dwight Jones' choice of Byron C. Marshall to take over the job.

Only one council member, Reva Trammell expressed reservations about Byron Marshall's appointment, but she said that she is willing to give the veteran public administrator a chance.

Immediately after the unanimous 9 nothing vote, Mr. Marshall was sworn in to his new post. He will officially be on the job August 1. Between now and then he plans to make frequent trips to Richmond while his family makes the move east.

The Marshall appointment did not come easy for mayor Dwight Jones, who was forced to deal with questions about Marshall's degree and his stewardship of a nonprofit agency in Texas. Tonight though the mayor said his pick has proven he is the best man for the job.

"I believe that all the questions have been raised, but I believe they have all been answered. I think we can just put a period behind that, I think the questions have been answered," said Mayor Jones.

Marshall will earn $175,000 a year in the position. Chris Beshler the acting Chief Administrative Officer will now become Marshall's deputy.

And when Marshall makes those trips back and forth from Austin to Richmond before he is officially on the job August 1, he told us he will do so on his own dime.

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