Town Administrator - Dr. Christopher Hershey
The Town of Capitol Heights operates under the council-manager form of government. The town administrator serves as chief administrative officer and directly reports to the Town Council. Under the town administration are the functions of:
- Assistant Town Administrator
- Finance Department
- Human Resources
- Police Department
- Neighborhood Services Department
- Town Clerk (Business License and Permitting)
- Recreational Department
- Economic Development
- Community Relations and Outreach
- Town Administration and Oversight
Dr. Christopher Hershey has over two decades of public service, Foreign Service, diplomatic, and decorated military experience. He has extensive experience leading small and large, complex organizations by building strong teams, cultivating strong relationships with stakeholders, and using finely-honed operations management, financial, and personnel skills. He has had successful leadership experience in both local municipal and federal government, as well as in the nonprofit sector.
In addition to his extensive leadership experience, he brings a high-level of accountability and oversight experience as well an extensive practice in policy formulation, contract negotiation, day-to-day operational analysis, managing and motivating personnel, and strategic planning and working with local government and surrounding communities and political leaders.
Dr. Hershey joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer promoting Economic Development projects and strengthening Public Relations, then later working Congressional and Inspector General issues related to Accountability and Oversight. He also served at The White House as International Policy Advisor. After leaving the Executive Office of the President, he was appointed to serve as a Diplomatic member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations in Vienna to attend high-level bilateral meetings and negotiations. Before joining the State Department, he was a County Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, best known for its focus on nutrition and combating senior hunger.
He is a proud veteran and has earned numerous military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and two Achievement Medals, one of which was awarded to him during his fourth tour in the Middle East.
As a staunch Education and Human Rights advocate, Dr. Hershey published a children's book entitled The Art of Peace. He also published a public management and leadership book to inspire those seeking careers in public service – The Vision to Serve: Cultivating a Legacy of Public Service. He is married to Rebecca Hershey, Esq., an advocate for human rights and former civil rights attorney, and they have three children.
Dr. Hershey graduated summa cum laude from Saint Thomas University with his Doctorate in Education. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership and Management program from Duke University.
“I am passionate about the role of local government in building and improving strong communities as well as championing growth and effectiveness,” Hershey said. “As Town Administrator, I look forward to working with the mayor, town council, staff, residents and businesses to help achieve positive results for the community and residents of Capitol Heights.”
Assistant Town Administrator - Jason Small, Esq.
Under direction of the Town Administrator, to provide substantive and highly complex staff assistance to the Town Administrator in the development, implementation and administration of the Town programs and operations. Plans and coordinates a variety of complex projects; assists the Town Administrator in providing the community with a broad range of public services; may provide and/or exercise functional supervision over Department Directors, management staff and employees of the Town; assists the Town Administrator in providing assistance to the Mayor and Town Council; conducts research and prepares reports on various Town management problems and functional activities as directed; and performs other duties as required.