Stroh retires, Norris named parking center general manager

Bob Stroh has been a fixture promoting downtown Charlottesville for 40 years.
File photo Bob Stroh has been a fixture promoting downtown Charlottesville for 40 years. File photo

Former Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris has been named general manager of the Charlottesville Parking Center, which has just sued the city Norris served for two terms as mayor.

The lawsuit alleges the city has kept parking fees below market rate in the Water Street Garage, which is managed and partially owned by the parking center.

Norris succeeds Bob Stroh, who retired after 40 years of service just weeks after being publicly chastised for his grammar in a letter he wrote Mayor Mike Signer about changes in the  procedures for public comment at City Council meetings. Signer confirmed the reprimand in a March 9 Newsplex report.

Stroh also headed the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, and has been succeeded there by George Benford.

Stroh retired March 25, and did not immediately respond to a message from C-VILLE.

“Bob Stroh has been a highly respected public servant for four decades, working tirelessly on behalf of downtown businesses and with the CPC with a constant eye on improving our downtown as a place to live, work and visit,” says Norris in a release.  “I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work closely with him for so many years and look forward to continuing his legacy in the years to come.”

Norris served two terms as mayor, and has worked for a number of nonprofits, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge and PACEM—People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry—and most recently as director of community impact for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.