John C. Blair, II

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John C. Blair, II; c. 2018 (age 40)

John C. Blair, II is the City Attorney in Staunton, Virginia. He briefly had the dual roll of serving as the City Attorney and the Acting City Manager for the City of Charlottesville during a time of rapid turnover among senior city staff.

Blair started his service in the City of Charlottesville as City Attorney on August 15, 2018. He was appointed as interim City Manager on September 13, 2020.

On January 14, 2021, City Council issued an announcement that John Blair, Acting City Manager and City Attorney, would be leaving the City of Charlottesville effective March 5, 2021 - having accepted a position as City Attorney in the City of Staunton - and that Chip Boyles had agreed to join the organization as City Manager.

Blair was previously Albemarle County's Senior Assistant County Attorney. In that capacity, he served as attorney to the Albemarle County School Board. [citation needed]

City attorney

Acting city manager

On October 1, 2020, city council appointed Blair to replaced outgoing City Manager Dr. Tarron Richardson who resigned after a 16-month tenure; Deputy City Attorney Lisa Robertson become acting city attorney.

Having accepted a position as City Attorney in the City of Staunton, Blair finished his final day as acting city manager on February 12, 2021.[1] He held the position for 104 days. Blair was replaced by Chip Boyles as city manager.

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Blair is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. His undergraduate degree is also from the University of Virginia in History. [citation needed]

Blair's career also includes service in Spotsylvania County as Assistant County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney, in Dinwiddie County as County Attorney, in the City of Danville as Assistant City Attorney, and in the City of Roanoke as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.


  1. Web. Charlottesville City Council appoints new city manager, News Staff, News Article, CBS19, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 14, 2021, retrieved January 15, 2021.

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