Assistant City Manager Peacock dies

City Hall is reporting some sad news today: Assistant City Manager Linda Peacock died. According to the City release, her death– after a battle with cancer– occurred shortly after 11am at Martha Jefferson Hospital. She was surrounded by close family members.

Although her work in City Hall did not make her a household name, Peacock often handled the harder jobs around City Hall, such as defending the multi-million-dollar CityLink expenditures and explaining to critics how the money was spent.

Peacock had served the City of Charlottesville in many capacities since first joining the City in 1976 as the Director of the Central Piedmont Urban Observatory. Since that time, she also served as the Emergency Services Coordinator, Budget Analyst, and Administrator, and was appointed as an Assistant City Manager for Charlottesville in 1997.

A graduate of Simmons College in Boston and the Federal Executive Institute here in Charlottesville, Peacock was active in the community serving on the Board of Directors and in different volunteer capacities of several organizations including the McGuffy Arts Center, Camp Holiday Trails, JAUNT, and the Commission on Children and Families.

“She will be remembered as a true leader for our city and one that genuinely cared for every citizen in need,” said Mayor David Brown today. “Her contribution to our city was enormous and her legacy will live on in the programs that she so passionately cared for.”

Ms. Peacock is survived by her husband Gary Okerlund and also by her daughter, Alison. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the family and will be announced when they are available.