Following a nation-wide search, Winchester City Manager Dan Hoffman has appointed Michael Ruddy, of Frederick County, as the City’s new Community Development Director.
“Mike not only brings a deep familiarity with our area, but also has a track record of delivering professional, high-quality service,” said Dan Hoffman, City Manager. “We're very excited to have someone with his expertise in this critical role as we work toward achieving the City’s strategic plan goals.”
With this appointment, Mike’s career of over 26 years is coming full circle since he began as an intern with the City’s Planning Department in 1995. Since then, Mike has worked in the planning or zoning field with Frederick County (16 years), the Town of Purcellville (four years) and most recently, the Town of Leesburg as the Assistant Zoning Administrator.
The Community Development Director is a reclassification of the former Director of Development Services position and will be responsible for overseeing the City’s Planning, Zoning, Inspections, Code Enforcement, and Housing divisions. Unlike with the prior position, the Community Development Director will not also serve as the Executive Director of the Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA). A search has begun for the EDA’s new Executive Director.
Mike will begin his service with the City of Winchester on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
"I am grateful to be joining the City’s exceptional Community Development Team at such an exciting time,” Mike stated. “With many dynamic projects in the works, an excellent foundation of good planning, and a strong strategic plan, I am confident my skills and experiences will make a positive contribution in this new role.”