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RICHMOND, Va. – Mayor Levar Stoney released to the public on Monday a detailed update of the road map his administration plans to follow in response to the VCU Performance Review conducted in May 2017.

The results of a comprehensive review of City Hall, commissioned by Mayor Stoney, concluded that multiple factors have contributed to under performance which stalls Richmond’s evolution into “the City it could be.”

Monday’s report laid out how the administration initially hopes to reform and improve the functioning of government and to build One Richmond, which he envisions as a city that provides a high quality of life and
educational and economic opportunity to all residents.

There are also recommendations developed by an interagency Cross Functional Team which examined issues concerning improving communications and processes within city government, across multiple departments.

The report summarizes progress on key priorities of the Stoney Administration and identifies an action plan for the next three months leading into presentation of the FY 2019 and FY 2020 budget in March 2018.

As part of that action plan, Stoney announced his intention to create a Performance Management and Change unit based within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

The mayor assigned Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Thad Williamson to work directly with Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn to incubate and launch the new unit.

Williamson will work with Cuffee-Glenn to implement organizational change and to monitor timely execution of policy priorities throughout city government. The unit will also provide analytical and technical assistance to all city agencies as needed.

“I am committed to building a culture of success and service in City Hall, and to making this an organization in which employees are proud to serve,” Stoney said. “That means doing the little things well, but it also means improving policies and reforming outdated practices. This report provides that road map.”

The mayor said that he has been busy seeking feedback from multiple agencies and that next step is “institutionalizing change” and that “good ideas get translated into concrete action.”

“The Performance Review and the follow-up steps that have taken place in the last few months have been a fruitful and productive exercise for the organization,” Cuffee-Glenn said.

The update is contained in the 25-page report found here.