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Cottonwood Heights Journal

Holladay Welcomes New City Manager

Jun 29, 2016 10:04AM ● By Carol Hendrycks

Gina Chamness posing with her family. —Holladay

by Carol Hendrycks | [email protected]


Meet Gina Chamness, well seasoned in finance, analyst and administrative roles. Chamness has spent the last 10 years working for the Salt Lake City corporation, integrating the mayor’s policy objectives, juggling budget issues and developing new revenue sources. Reporting directly to the mayor as Salt Lake City’s finance director, Chamness was responsible for 65 employees in the Office of the City Treasurer, purchasing and contracts division. Prior to this she also served as the budget director for five years for Salt Lake City, senior administrative officer, and director of budget and for the Administration for the Sundance Institute. Additionally, Chamness was the senior fiscal analyst for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for the state of Arizona in the early 2000s.

Chamness, her husband Ralph and two children — Simon, a junior at Judge Memorial and daughter Maggie, a ninth grader at Churchill Junior High — have been Holladay residents since 2003. “For fun, I manage their schedules,” she says with a smile. She likes cooking and reading but wishes she had more time to do both. She spends time with her teens binge-watching Netflix comedies and mysteries.

Chamness started her Holladay city manager position June 6 and looks forward to continuing the excellent work of the previous city manager, Randy Fitts. Her priority is to talk with many residents and community leaders to understand their assessment of and expectations for city services. Chamness is eager to develop a financial city plan to ensure our community can continue to enjoy the fine quality of life we expect in Holladay.