Charlottesville Announces New Directors of Human Resources, Social Services and Deputy Chief of Communications


CharlottevilleThe City of Charlottesville has appointed Mary Ann Hardie as Director of Human Resources, Misty Graves as Director of Social Services and David Dillehunt as Deputy Director of Communications and Public Engagement.

Hardie brings over 17 years of human resources experience to the city, most recently serving as Director of Human Resources for Lacey, Wash. She worked for nearly 15 years in Edmonds, Wash, serving for three years as Director of Human Resources.

Hardie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from City University with a major in human resources and a master’s degree in human resources management from Troy University. She holds certifications with the Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM-SCP and HRCI-SPHR. She is an active member of IPMA-HR, NPELRA and SHRM.

Hardie is looking forward to being part of Charlottesville.

“I love the beautiful outdoors. Enjoy the archery, running and kayaking. I love the hospitality and diversity here, and really enjoyed the sunny, refreshing weather and the no traffic jams,” she says.

Hardie will start working for the city on May 16.

Graves served 16 years in the Charlottesville Department of Human Services, including direct service, program supervisor, assistant director, and most recently acting director.

Before coming to Charlottesville, she served two years with the AmeriCorps NCCC program where she cemented her passion for public service. Graves graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to build on the Department’s existing work,” says Graves. “Our department is made up of dedicated employees who are committed to creating a more equitable and just community so that all of our residents can thrive, and it’s an honor for me to work alongside them. »

Dillehunt joined the Charlottesville Office of Communications as a consultant in November 2005, served as a Communications Specialist from 2008 to 2019, and most recently served as Manager of Media Services.

He oversees the city’s public, educational, and government stations and the Charlottesville Community Media Center, and serves as a media liaison. He’s twice nominated for the Regional Emmy Awards, receiving nods in 2013 and 2021 for his work with the city.

Dillehunt holds a BA in Communications from SNHU and graduated from CATEC in 2003 with a certification in Multimedia Production. He began producing content for CPA-TV in the fall of 1998 as a freshman at Albemarle High School.

“We have an amazing community and I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve our citizens,” Dillehunt said.


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