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Cathy Burns Named City Manager

Cathy Burns, president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been named city manager, Mayor Steve Williams announced Thursday, May 19.

Burns will begin her official duties as city manager June 28.

“I am pleased to have Cathy Burns back at City Hall,” Williams said. “She has an institutional memory of city government as well as a breadth of experience with the Chamber of Commerce, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and the Huntington-Ironton Empowerment Zone that will serve her and the citizens of Huntington well.

“She has been a dedicated partner during the past three-and-a-half years that I have served as mayor. She was the chairwoman of the economic development committee on my transition team after I was elected in November 2012, she understands my vision and she is prepared to hit the ground running.”

This will be Burns’ second stint serving in Huntington city government. She was the administrative assistant in the Mayor’s Office from 1985 to 1988 and then spent nearly 11 years as the director of the Department of Development and Planning.

Burns left City Hall in 2000 to become executive director of the Huntington-Ironton Empowerment Zone, a position she also held for nearly 11 years. She was hired as the workforce recruiter for the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in 2011 before she was named president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in September 2013.

“I am extremely grateful for the past career opportunities and experience I have gained with my previous employers, as it has allowed me to bring an enhanced skill set back to city government that can assist in moving forward the various economic development projects that are in the works in Huntington,” Burns said. “My work at the Chamber of Commerce was fulfilling, and the partnerships I established there will continue to serve the city and the region.”

Burns’ annual salary as city manager will be $90,465. She lives in Huntington with her husband, Dale, a small business owner. The couple has two daughters.

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