By Erich Wagner (Photo/City of Alexandria)
City councilors voted unanimously last weekend to appoint Mark Jinks as acting city manager following the news last week that City Manager Rashad Young would leave Alexandria at the end of this year to accept a position as D.C. city administrator.
Jinks joined city government in 1999 when he was hired as chief financial officer. There, he oversaw the city’s budget, financial programs and information technology services.
After a decade in that role, he was promoted to deputy city manager, where he was responsible for land use planning and zoning, historic preservation, transportation, environmental protection, parks and affordable housing, among other areas of city government.
In a statement, Mayor Bill Euille praised Jinks for his exemplary service to the city over the past 15 years.
“His keen understanding of the City’s finances and operations has stood Alexandria in strong stead during complex project implementations and challenging economic times,” he said. “I’m confident that Mark’s leadership will provide continuity as City Council begins discussing the process for selecting a permanent City Manager.”
Jinks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. He also participated in executive education programs at Harvard University, the University of Virginia and Syracuse University.
Jinks said in a statement that he is excited to enter his new role, which will be effective January 2.
“I am humbled and honored to take on this role at a particularly important time in Alexandria,” said Jinks. “I look forward to presenting City Council with a responsible budget in March, and keeping the city moving forward on major development and infrastructure initiatives.
“I am excited to work with our outstanding city staff and partner agencies to ensure that Alexandria continues to be a safe, attractive, and welcoming community for everyone who lives, works, and visits here.”