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Harrisonburg City Manager reflects on time in the city after announcing resignation

Campbell was hired in January 2018 and has hired eight department heads within the Friendly City.
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Harrisonburg will be looking for a new city manager as Eric Campbell announced his resignation Monday.

Campbell was hired in January 2018 and has hired eight department heads within the Friendly City. He said he feels good about what has been accomplished over the last few years and looks forward to the future.

Over the years, Campbell has been involved in many projects from the Downtown Masterplan to the second high school.

“I remember my first council meeting was standing-room-only in the council chambers with the community debate about whether or not to do a second high school,” Campbell said.

Campbell said the pandemic response has also been a big part of his time in the Valley.

“It’s never planned. It is something that happened but thankfully we have great public servants that were ready to step up to the plate,” Campbell said.

Campbell added he is also very proud of the bond rating increase the city received.

“It shows the history of fiscal responsibility within the community recognized by the financial experts,” Campbell said.

Vice Mayor of Harrisonburg Sal Romero has worked with Campbell quite a bit over the past few years.

“He’s helped the city be set up to meet the goals that the city council has outlined in the most recent years,” Romero said.

City council will be working to find Campbell’s successor, and Romero hopes the person who follows in Campbell’s footsteps will leave the same impact that Campbell has.

“Who has that leadership that inspires others to be leaders. Who works with transparency and who is one that once after he’s gone, the city will continue to remember him for the great things that he did,” Romero said.

Campbell said what he will miss most is the people in the Friendly City. When he came to Harrisonburg, he said he knew the leadership was strong and he is proud to have seen it grow even more.

“One of the things I wanted to do was to find ways to make things better and to elevate our performance and to improve service delivery and I think over the four years we’ve done that,” Campbell said.

With many projects completed, Campbell said he felt this was the best time to step away. Campbell said he does not have a concrete plan as to what is next, but said he looks forward to continuing his work in the city over the next few months.

His last day in the office is December 31.

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