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Robert J. O'Neill Jr.  |  Contributor

Email : roneill8192@gmail.com

Robert J. O'Neill Jr. is past executive director of the International City/County Management Association. He retired from the organization in December 2016.

From 1997 to 2000, O'Neill served as Fairfax County, Va., executive, where he was credited with developing a series of strategies aimed at revitalizing older residential communities and commercial areas as well as launching a series of initiatives focused on performance and results management.

O'Neill's "reinvention" of the government of Hampton, Va., as city manager from 1984 to 1997, was widely recognized; his many accomplishments included downtown- and waterfront-revitalization initiatives as well as development of a nationally recognized youth-at-risk program.

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