AKA Soror Rochelle D. Small-Toney Named City Manager of Savannah
On March 24, 2011 the Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah unanimously appointed Mrs. Rochelle D. Small-Toney as City Manager. Mrs. Small-Toney is the sixth city manager and this historic appointment is the first for an African-American and the first for a female in Savannah’s history. Savannah is a major tourist city, noted for its temperate climate and history. The Port of Savannah is the fourth busiest port in the United States and the region is home to three military installations, of which the Hunter Army Airfield is within the city boundaries. The city is also home to three major universities – Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah State University and Armstrong Atlantic University.
Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Small-Toney served for nine months as the Acting City Manager when her predecessor resigned to accept a manager position in Arlington, Virginia. During this interim period, she is credited with leading the city organization through a difficult fiscal year and budget process as a result of the recession while continuing to provide quality municipal services to a population of 140,000 citizens. As the chief executive officer, Mrs. Small-Toney serves at the pleasure of a nine-member City Council and oversees a $300,000,000 annual operating budget and a $100,000,000 five-year capital plan. There are 2,500 full-time employees under her administration, including a consolidated city/county police department and seven bureaus.
Mrs. Small-Toney was appointed Assistant City Manager for Public Development for the City of Savannah in July, 2007. Prior to her appointment in 2007, she served as Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville, Virginia and Assistant City Manager in Danville, Virginia. Formerly an employee of the City of Wilmington, NC, she worked in the city’s personnel department and budget office prior to her service in Virginia.
Mrs. Small-Toney has amassed nearly 30 years experience in public service in local government management. She holds the status of ”Credentialed Manager” by the International City/County Managers Association and received her 25 years of service award in 2006 from ICMA. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. She is also a member of the National League of Cities, the Georgia Municipal Association, and the Georgia City/County Managers Association. She is an alumnus of the Senior Executive Institute of the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the NFBPA Executive Leadership Institute. Mrs. Small-Toney is a mentor to many aspiring administrators.
A 1974 graduate of John T. Hoggard High School, Mrs. Small-Toney continued her education and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 and her Master of Public Administration degree in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Small-Toney is a member of the Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Savannah Chapter of Links, Inc.
Mrs. Small-Toney is married to Leroy-Toney, Sr. formerly of Wilmington, NC and together they are the parents of Rosalind S. Toney of Hampton, VA and Leroy Toney, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA. She is the grandmother of Isaiah Toney, age 3 and Josiah Toney, age 11 months of Charlottesville, VA. Rochelle is the daughter of Mr. J.B. Small, Jr. of Edenton, NC and Mrs. Shirley A. Small of Charlotte, NC and the granddaughter of the late Ruth B. Addison, formerly of Wilmington, NC.