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Selections Made for Assistant City Managers

Selections made for Rocky Mount’s Assistant City Managers
Posted on 05/01/2018
Assistant City Managers

The city of Rocky Mount’s two assistant city manager vacancies will soon be filled. City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has appointed Chris Beschler and Natasha Hampton-Clayton to serve in the roles.

Beschler most recently worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia where he served as director of the Department of General Services. A majority of Beschler’s previous experience is in the area of utilities and construction. Prior to being appointed deputy chief administrative officer of Operations at the city of Richmond, Beschler started work there in 2006 as director of Public Utilities. Additionally, for 26 years, prior to joining the city of Richmond, Beschler worked at Yankee Gas Services Company, Connecticut’s largest natural gas utility. He started his career with the company as a staff engineer, ultimately transitioning to the position of vice president of Operations.

In addition to oversight of utility operations and maintenance, Beschler was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of all city operating departments. He assumed responsibility for the construction of many multi-million dollar utility and building projects, most notably the construction of a $132 million urban jail in Richmond.

Beschler received a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Connecticut.

Hampton-Clayton has over 20 years of experience in executive public administration and operations. The assistant city manager for the city of Miramar, Fla. provides executive oversight of the city's Human Resources department, as well as Social Services, Community and Economic Development, Cultural Affairs and Marketing and Communications.

Hampton-Clayton has worked her way up the ranks for the city of Miramar, serving in various roles such as logistics and quality control officer, Public Works Administration Services superintendent, director of Human Resources and chief Marketing officer.

Hampton-Clayton was recently named South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders and South Florida’s 25 Most Prominent and Influential Women in Business. For South Florida’s honor, she was featured in the international publication, Caribbean Today, for making a lasting impression on the U.S. business landscape.

Hampton-Clayton graduated from Florida Memorial University with a degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She also obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and is credentialed in labor relations and emergency management communications and operations.

"I am excited to welcome both Chris Beschler and Natasha Hampton-Clayton to the city of Rocky Mount," said Small-Toney. "Both bring varied experiences and a wealth of knowledge to our city. Additionally, they have a proven track record of success. I am looking forward to the keen insight and ingenuity I know they will bring to the table."

Beschler will begin working with the city of Rocky Mount on Monday, May 7. Hampton-Clayton will start Monday, May 21.