Danville City Manager Joe King announced today the resignation of David Parrish as deputy city manager. Parrish is leaving to join the city of Greensboro, N.C., as assistant city manager.
King informed City Council members on Thursday. Parrish’s last day with the city will be December 7.
“We’re very sorry to see David go,” City Manager Joe King said. “He’s been tremendous help to me and a valuable member of our management team. His leadership on the River District project has been outstanding. We keep saying how we want to attract our bright young professionals back home. It looks like Greensboro has done just that with David, who grew up there. Their gain is definitely our loss!”
Parrish became deputy city manager in August of 2010.
“I am honored and humbled to have been a small part of the great things happening in Danville,” Parrish said. “I will miss this community and the people that make this a great place to live.”
Parrish directly supervised public works, parks and recreation, community development, transportation, public information and city management staff. He played a leading role in projects ranging from the River District redevelopment to the creation of a Citizen Academy.
Prior to being named deputy city manager, Parrish served as town manager in Yanceyville, N.C., for three years, and before that as a management analyst in the city manager’s office in Danville for two years.
“This region has been a large part of my life for the past seven years,” Parrish said. “I am grateful for the people that have contributed to my life and made me a better person. I only hope that I have been able to contribute to this community a portion of what it has meant to me.”
In Greensboro, Parrish will be responsible for guiding the city’s infrastructure departments, including engineering and inspections, field operations, planning and community development, transportation and water resources.
Parrish grew up in Greensboro, where he attended elementary and high school and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He began his career in Greensboro, working with non-profit agencies before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his master’s degree in public administration.
King said the recruitment process to fill the position of deputy city manager would begin immediately. He estimates the search will take four to six months.
“The projects David has been directing will be reassigned to various staff members,” King said. “We will not miss a beat on maintaining high priority projects such as the River District redevelopment.”