Williamsburg city manager resigns; Trivette named interim city manager

rarriaza@vagazette.com

Assistant City Manager Andrew Trivette has been named interim city manager after Marvin Collins resigned from the position at an emergency City Council meeting on Monday, May 14.

In a release, city spokeswoman Lee Ann Hartmann cites the resignation as a “personnel issue.” Benny Zhang and Douglas Pons were the only members of council to respond to inquiries about the resignation as of Tuesday afternoon, but both were advised not to comment and were unable to provide further details regarding Collins’ sudden departure.

“I’ve been advised by the city attorney that it is a personnel issue,” said Zhang.

“Because this is a matter regarding personnel, I think it’s best that I avoid having any comments about it,” said Pons.

Collins’ last day in office was Monday, and Trivette will serve as the interim city manager until further notice. Hartmann was unable to comment on Collins’ next job or reason for resigning.

Former members of city government were surprised by the sudden resignation. Bobby Braxton, who served on City Council for four years, says news of the resignation was unexpected.

“It came out of left field, I think,” said Braxton.

Jack Tuttle, who held the position of city manager for 24 years before retiring in 2015, says he was also surprised by the news, and that he extends his best wishes to Collins if the resignation was forced by council.

“Unless Marvin had an independent reason for leaving, I have no idea why, but for either his reasons or their reasons, he has resigned,” said Tuttle. “If it was not his choice to step down, all I can say is that my heart goes out to him and his family. I feel for him in this situation, assuming it was not of his initiative.”

Collins served as city manager since August 2015, and was the city's seventh manager since the position’s inception in 1932. Before being hired by former Mayor Clyde Haulman to take over for Tuttle, Collins served as the assistant city manager of Fort Myers, Fla.

The last major ordinance approved by council during Collins’ time as city manager was the passage of a 2019 operating budget. In approving the new budget, council also took steps that set the adoption of the Historic Triangle sales tax bill into motion. Other achievements while in office include the development of the Midtown Row project and increased downtown parking and vibrancy efforts.

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