Gainesville Assistant City Manager Dan Hoffman has been appointed the next city manager of Winchester, Virginia. He is expected join its leadership team on Sept. 26.
Hoffman joined the City of Gainesville leadership team in July 2017 to manage departments and programs such as Public Works, Planning and Development, and Transportation and Mobility. During his time as assistant city manager, Hoffman played a key role in securing millions of dollars in grant funding for the City of Gainesville, including a marquee $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund research to improve roadway and pedestrian safety.
In the area of mobility and transportation, Hoffman also worked closely with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to secure approvals needed to bring autonomous shuttle testing to Gainesville and helped to establish the Last Mile, First Mile service — a wildly popular program through the City’s Regional Transit System that provides direct transportation routes to individuals in underserved areas.
“Dan has been a great asset to this community and his many successes will benefit this city for years to come,” said Gainesville City Manager Lee Feldman. “We congratulate him and wish him all the best in his next chapter. The City of Winchester is lucky to have him.”
As part of the City’s emergency management team and the assistant city manager who oversaw Gainesville Fire Rescue, Hoffman’s leadership was essential during City’s response to Hurricane Irma in 2017. He also was instrumental in the development of the Community Resource Paramedic program, the establishment of the Automatic Aid Agreement with Alachua County government to ensure seamless delivery of emergency services. Most recently, he managed the enforcement of all COVID-19 emergency orders. Additionally, Hoffman helped facilitate the payment of aid to Gainesville businesses through the GNVCares relief and recovery program, disbursing nearly $400,000 to the local economy to date.
Hoffman looks forward to his next opportunity and is proud of his accomplishments at the City, emphasizing that the hard work, creativity and leadership of staff is what really makes things happen.
“In my time with the City, I’ve had the honor to oversee Fire and Rescue, Public Works, Transportation and Mobility, Planning, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Wild Spaces Public Places, Technology and more,” Hoffman said. “I can list no accomplishment without giving the credit to the community builders who made it happen. I would like to thank them, the City Manager and the City Commission for letting me be of service.”
A timeline for filling the position has not yet been determined.