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Meet the City Staff
Mark Whitley, Assistant City Manager
The Assistant City Manager assists the City Manager in the overall administration of the city’s broad array of services. The Assistant City Manager is directly responsible for the oversight of Human Resources, Fiscal Affairs, and Information Technology Departments, as well as the Budget and Safety functions for the city.

Mr.Whitley joined the city in November 2004, after serving as Director of Municipal Services in South Hill, Virginia. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Originally from eastern North Carolina, he is married to his lovely wife Berkeley and blessed with two wonderful daughters.  email Mr. Whitley

Deidre Jett, Budget Manager

Deidre joined the City Manager’s Office as Budget Manager in August of 2015. The Budget Manager prepares the annual operating and capital budget for review by the City Manager and adoption by City Council.  

Mrs. Jett is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.  She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. 

Throughout her career she has served in various public finance roles. Prior to joining the City she was a Program Manager at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of the Treasury Debt Division.  Other public sector roles include finance and capital budgeting in local governments in Virginia and Ohio.  Her career also includes experience in the private sector as an analyst at a rating agency and investment bank.  She is pleased to use her knowledge and experience in service to the City.  email Ms. Jett

Loren Kato, Safety and Risk Management Coordinator
The City of Fredericksburg is committed to the health, safety, and well being of all its employees. The city employs a full time Safety and Risk Management Coordinator to provide proper safety education, guidance, and assistance in keeping our work environment safe. Ms. Loren Kato has twenty years of wide-ranging experience as a safety professional.

If you witness a situation involving city workers or city owned property that appears unsafe, please feel free to contact our Safety and Risk Management Coordinator at (540) 372-1010 or email Ms. Kato.

If you are involved in an incident or accident involving a city vehicle, city employees, or city property, complete the following form and send it to Ms. Kato. Please provide as much detail as possible.

Brenda Martin, Executive Assistant and Deputy Clerk of Council
Ms. Martin serves as the City Manager's assistant, and Deputy Clerk of Council.  She has been a member of the city family since 1997.  She obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Education from George Mason University.  email Ms. Martin