CAPITOL HEIGHTS – When looking through Christopher Hershey’s resume, it is quite difficult to specifically designate his career title. What is not difficult to discern, however, is that Hershey, the new town administrator of Capitol Heights, has dedicated his career to public service and strives to better the lives of the citizens he serves. After […]
CAPITOL HEIGHTS – When looking through Christopher Hershey’s resume, it is quite difficult to specifically designate his career title.
What is not difficult to discern, however, is that Hershey, the new town administrator of Capitol Heights, has dedicated his career to public service and strives to better the lives of the citizens he serves.
After being appointed by the town’s city council, Hershey took on his position and said Capitol Heights, while very promising in several areas, needs more economic development opportunities and must improve its imaging and branding to let outsiders know what it has to offer.
“What I found in my first few days is that Capitol Heights is doing a lot of things right,” Hershey said. “This is where we are now, but during my tenure, I see a lot of growth opportunity for Capitol Heights and want to make it as good as it can be.”
In augmenting the town’s economic development, Hershey looks to promote Capitol Heights as an area that is attractive to small businesses. He says they are the backbone of the country’s economy.
As town administrator, Hershey reports to the mayor and city council. It is not only his responsibility to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the town are carried out, but also that he is actively looking for avenues to improve upon those operations.
It required seven to eight months of interviews and a national search for the city council and Mayor Marnitta King to select Hershey, whom King said will be an integral part of moving the town in a fresh, new direction.
“The role of Dr. Hershey is to make sure he meets the goals of the citizens, as well as the mayor and (city) council,” King said. “When deciding who could take us in a new direction, we did not want someone who could just keep us at the status quo. We wanted someone who could deal with various crises that may come up, someone who could guide us in a new direction with new ideas.”
Hershey’s decorated career in public service began when he enlisted in the military at the age of 17.
For more than two decades, he has held various positions across many levels of government including working as a foreign affairs officer for the state department, a policy advisor for the White House, a diplomat to the United Nations and as a county executive director of Meals on Wheels.
Additionally, he graduated summa cum laude from Saint Thomas University with a doctorate in education and holds a masters in public administration from North Carolina Central University.
Despite holding such prestigious and distinguished positions, Hershey actively sought out this position because he said serving the public is of the utmost importance and falls in line with his personal beliefs and values.
On top of possessing extensive leadership, managerial and motivational skills, Hershey said he is extremely principled in his belief in education and human rights. Those two things fuel his commitment to public service.
He shares these views with his wife Rebecca Hershey, a former civil rights attorney. The couple has three children.
“I find myself back at the local level, but not because I have to,” he said. “I see this as an opportunity to impact the lives of people on a local level. Throughout my career, I’ve never been a person that looks at salary and makes decisions. I really work hard at finding jobs that I can do well in and produce something that’s going to be great.”
Additional details regarding Hershey’s background and credentials can be found in a press release on the town’s website at http://www.capitolheightsmd.com.