In special meeting, Alexandria city council appoints James Parajon as next city manager

James Parajon (Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Alexandria City Council held a special meeting to announce James Parajon as the next city manager. The meeting was held both in the boardroom (located at 301 King Street) and electronically via video conference on Zoom.

Council began the meeting with an action to appoint a new city manager. Mayor Justin Wilson then addressed the community of Alexandria, thanking them for the comments received during the selection process. After expressing his gratitude, he formalized the appointment of Parajon

“With contributions through polls, town halls and review boards, city council sought to find a candidate who would reflect our values, and we found him in Jim Parajon. Wilson explained. “We look forward to working with Jim, the city staff and the Alexandrians to accomplish great things together. ”

Parajon was selected by a 5-1 vote. Last night he signed the official nomination papers. Parajon was previously deputy general manager in Arlington, Texas, and will take up his role on January 18, 2022.

“I want to thank the mayor and council for trusting me to lead this organization. Parajon said in remarks to city council and the public. He also thanked his wife for her support, as well as outgoing city manager Mark Jinks, who will be retiring at the end of the year.

Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks has served the City of Alexandria since 2015. (Photo: City of Alexandria)
Mark B. Jinks (Photo courtesy of the City of Alexandria)

Speaking directly to the community of Alexandria, Parajon expressed his enthusiasm and spoke of being an active and supportive city administrator.

“You’re going to see a lot of what I can do, what this organization can do to improve your life,” he said. “You will see a person of great responsibility and professionalism. I really like it here. I am really excited about this opportunity… I can’t wait to start the work I have to do.

To view the recording of the December 1 meeting and more, visit the official City of Alexandria website, where they have a list of recent and upcoming meetings. This list can be found HERE. Do you want to know more about Parajon and its journey? Read it Press release.

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