At the August 25, 2020 Regular Meeting, City Council officially appointed Daniel “Dan” C. Hoffman of Gainesville, Florida as Winchester’s new City Manager. For the national recruitment process, which netted 93 applicants, Council utilized the services of Colin Baenziger & Associates out of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.
“We’re excited to welcome Dan to the City,” stated Mayor and Council President John David Smith, Jr. “Dan stood out during the selection process because of his innovative, creative and forward-thinking mindset. In his professional career, he has proven to be a loyal, hard-working, and collaborative leader with the talent for bringing people together. We look forward to working with him to continue moving our community forward.”
Mr. Hoffman is currently the Assistant City Manager for the City of Gainesville, Florida (approximately 145,000 population), a position he has held since July 2017. In the Assistant City Manager role, Mr. Hoffman directly oversees more than 550 of the City’s 2,200 employees across five departments and two programs including Capital Projects, Planning and Development, Public Works, Transportation and Mobility, and Technology.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Hoffman served as the Chief Innovation Officer from 2012-2017 for Montgomery County, Maryland. Other work experience includes the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute.
Mr. Hoffman says his management style “values collaborative, democratic method that seeks input from others balanced with decisive action.” He believes strongly in listening, communicating, building trust, and putting the public first while striving to “be of service” and “do the most good.” Decisions should be made by reviewing and harnessing the data and performance metrics. While the Winchester City Manager, Mr. Hoffman wants to help “build a community where all residents are proud to identify with our city.”
Mr. Hoffman added, "My family and I could not be more excited to start the next chapter of our lives in Winchester. We look forward to being part of the community and of service to our neighbors."
Mr. Hoffman will begin his service with the City of Winchester on September 26, 2020.