Leading candidate for Petersburg City Manager withdraws application

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The search continues for a permanent City Manager in Petersburg. 8News has learned Rochelle Small-Toney, the one-time leading candidate for Petersburg City Manager, has withdrawn her application.

Small-Toney was reported to be a front-runner last week. You may recall her possible pick sparked controversy when questions were raised when it was learned she was publicly reprimanded during her City Manager job in Georgia in which she was asked to resign.

Tuesday night at the City Council meeting, they took a small step forward to hiring a new city manager. City Council did vote to hire an executive search firm to help find a City Manager.
That does cost money, however. The acting City Attorney tells 8News it will likely cost around $25,000. Where will that money come from? Council says they will talk with the finance department to come up with the funds.

Regardless many who spoke at the council meeting Tuesday say they still support the Acting City Manager, Dironna Belton, to take over the reigns full time.

“This young lady has been working day and night trying to turn this city around and I see some of you council people whenever something comes up you want to run to her. What are y’all doing? Think outside the box! What are we going to do? She cannot have all the answers, that’s all I have to say,” said one resident who spoke at council.

The council meeting did end with council members going into closed session to discuss the City Manager and City Attorney position. No word on what was discussed in that closed door meeting.

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