Meet Harrisonburg City Manager Ande Banks
Ande Banks was named Harrisonburg City Manager on October 25, 2022. Prior to his appointment, Banks served as Deputy City Manager from 2017 to 2022, Assistant to the City Manager from 2016 to 2017, and as the City's Director of Special Projects and Grants Management from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that, he was district representative to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.
Banks attended the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in 2019, completed his Master’s in Public Administration from JMU in 2017, achieved a Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech in 2013, and earned a Bachelor of Science in History from Eastern Mennonite University in 1997. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Virginia Local Government Management Association, and the American Society for Public Administration.
Our "council/manager" form of government
The council/manager system of local government combines elected officials in the form of a governing body with an appointed local government manager. This form of government establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.
Harrisonburg City Manager Position Responsibilities
The functions of the Harrisonburg City Manager include: Carrying out Council’s policies and directives; preparing the budget (FY 2021 Budget $294 million); recruiting, hiring, and supervising city staff and all department heads except the City Attorney and City Clerk; overseeing daily operations of all city departments; facilitating the flow of ideas and information between and among elected officials, employees and citizens; serving as chief adviser to council/prepares council meeting agendas; serving on numerous local and regional boards.