College Park’s new city manager is first woman, person of color to fill role


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Natasha Hampton

College Park has a new city manager in Natasha Hampton, the first woman and the first person of color to serve in the role.

Hampton’s selection was announced at College Park’s May 4, 2021, City Council meeting. Her first day is June 1, 2021. 

Hampton has more than two-decades experience working in municipal government management. In her most-recent position, she served as the assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a city with more than 600 employees and an annual budget of more than $45 million. She has also worked as an assistant city manager and acting city manager for Miramar, Florida. 

Hampton is a certified City Manager by the International City/County Management Association, a member of the National League of Cities, Women in Municipal Government, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Hampton also serves on the board of the United Way Tar River, March of Dimes North Carolina, and Kiwanis Club of Rocky Mount.

Hampton has a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, and is a graduate of Florida Memorial University.

Hampton steps into a vacancy left by previous City Manager Scott Somers, who resigned in December 2020 to for a new job in Arizona. Assistant City Manager Bill Gardiner has served as Interim City Manager during this transition period.

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