City Manager & Staff

In 2009, Mary Bunting became the first female city manager for the City of Hampton since the position was created in 1956. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, who was city manager of Roanoke, Va., for many years and also enjoyed an illustrious career in public service.

Bunting began her career with the City of Hampton as an assistant to the city manager in January of 1990. In January 1995 she was promoted to assistant city manager.

Career Information

Highlights of her career include the creation of the award-winning 3-1-1 Customer Call Center, consolidation of three separate permit functions into a Central Permit Office, development of Hampton's Crime and Grime campaign, organization of innovative neighborhood initiatives, including the creation of the Neighborhood Office, and coordination of the city's emergency planning and response efforts for Hurricane Isabel and Tropical Storm Ernesto. In 2012, she was named a White House Local Innovation Champion of Change. See other honors and awards the city has earned.

Bunting has a master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a bachelor of arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband Mark have three children: Parker, Carter, and Hannah.

Assistant City Managers and top staff

Other administrative staff

  • Senior Executive Assistant - Donna Hodges
  • Executive Assistant - Annette Oakley and Shelley Shiflett
  • Customer Service Specialist - Carolyn Weaver