Young signs $245K contract

Young signs $245K contract
Alexandria’s new city manager, Rashad Young, left, carries son Mekhi and stands with his wife, Tameka, who holds Taj, the couple’s older son. (Photo: David Sachs)

Rashad Young will receive a hefty raise after signing a $245,000 contract at City Hall on Monday to officially become Alexandria’s next city manager.

He’ll start the job December 12, officials said.

“I’ve found Rashad to be someone who’s a visionary, who’s inspiring,” Mayor Bill Euille said.

Young, 35, will tie up loose ends in Greensboro, N.C., where he made about $180,000 annually, before taking the administrative helm of City Hall. His last day at Greensboro will be December 2.

“While we honor and preserve the heritage that has made Alexandria distinctive … we must balance that against the drive and demand for growth, development and urban progress,” Young told city council members after they voted him in. “This is both our challenge and our opportunity … My job, and my pledge to this organization and community, is to work with you and among you to ensure that we strike that balance, and that we preserve what is unique and special about our community, while continuing to be progressive and forward thinking.”

Young replaces former City Manager Jim Hartmann, who took a job in Florida. He was making about $238,000 when he resigned.