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

  1. James "Pete" Peterson

    A member of the city’s executive management team, Peterson oversees areas including infrastructure, neighborhoods and housing, economic development and tourism.

  2. Laura Fitzpatrick

    Assistant city manager oversees leisure services (libraries, parks and recreation, and quality government (311, HR, Finance, Fleet, I.T., and other administrative departments).

  3. Steve Bond

    Assistant city manager oversees public safety (police and fire) as well as youth and family programs (human services, health department, VA cooperative extension, Unity Commission).

  4. Bruce Sturk

    Director of federal facilities support manages and coordinates relationships with Langley Air Force Base, NASA Langley Research Center, the National Park Service, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other federal facilities in the area.

  5. Brian DeProfio

    Special Projects Manager oversees the City Budget process and works on special projects as assigned and is the staff liaison for several regional boards, including Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.

Other administrative staff

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