spokesperson for Charlottesville resigns | Local government


ZACK WAJSGRAS / THE DAILY PROGRESS City Communications Director Brian Wheeler speaks at a multi-agency press conference regarding preparations for the anniversary of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in 2018.

From staff reports

Charlottesville Director of Communications Brian Wheeler is resigning effective November 19.

Wheeler became the city’s communications director in January 2018, having served as the first executive director of online media Charlottesville Tomorrow for more than 10 years.

When reached by phone on Tuesday, he said he resigned last Thursday and planned to leave the area.

“I might have something to say later, but at this point I will wait,” he said.

Wheeler is a former chief information officer for SNL Financial, which is now S&P Global Market Intelligence. He served on the Albemarle County School Board from 2004 to 2010.

His resignation is the latest of a number of high profile departures over the past two months, including former City Manager Chip Boyles, who resigned last month, and Police Chief RaShall Brackney, whose contract was terminated in September.

Major James Mooney, who was due to retire the same day Brackney was fired, agreed to delay his retirement and acting service as deputy chief of police and then retired on October 8. Captain Latroy “Tito” Durrette serves as Deputy Chief as the town conducts a nationwide search for a chief of police.

Last week it was announced that Marc Woolley would be Charlottesville’s next interim city manager, making him the sixth interim or full-time city manager the city has had since 2018.

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