July 2017: On the Next Episode of GovLove

As GovLove climbs the charts, we’re planning the next batch of interviews. If you have ideas for future episodes, send them to Ben Kittelson – ben@elgl.org. You can also support GovLove with a 5-star iTunes review.


Influencing the Future of Las Vegas with Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler, Director of Youth Development and Social Innovation 



In January 2016, Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler was named the director of the City of Las Vegas Youth Development Department. The new department demonstrates the city’s commitment to education, families and community relations. She manages and provides oversight to programs, services and partnerships in the areas of education and workforce readiness. Specific programs include Early Childhood Programs, the Las Vegas My Brothers Keeper, the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program, the Mayor’s Faith Initiative, and the Community College of Southern Nevada’s Learning Center located at City Hall.

Prior to this new appointment, Dr. Hibbler served as the Deputy Director of the city of Las Vegas Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. In this capacity, she managed $17 million in programs and services related to housing assistance, youth afterschool programs, neighborhood organizing, Safekey, community centers, and community initiatives including, but not limited to, foreclosure prevention and ending homelessness.


All in the Family with Mike Bonfield, City of Creedmoor, NC and Tom Bonfield, City of Durham, NC 

Mike and Tom are brothers and city managers. Both manage cities in North Carolina. On this episode, we’ll discuss their career journey and their influence on each other.

Mike Bonfield joined the Creedmoor as the City Manager in November, 2015. Mr. Bonfield comes to Creedmoor with more than 32 years of local government experience, beginning as a recreation supervisor and then as parks and recreation director. He served for fifteen years as City Manager in Madeira Beach and St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Recently he has worked as a licensed realtor with a Tampa firm in right-of-way acquisition, serving the Florida and North Carolina Departments of Transportation. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Tampa and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida.

Tom Bonfield has served in local government for more than 30 years, including 25 years managing cities. He served as the City Manager of Temple Terrace for thirteen years and Pensacola for ten years, prior to joining Durham in 2008.

Tom  received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Leo University, after which he was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1977. He went on to earn an MBA from the University of South Florida. Link: Guidepost #15 – Tom Bonfield, City of Durham, NC


Leading Richmond into the Future with Mayor Levar Stoney

Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond’s 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city.

Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a custodian. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up on free and reduced lunch and was the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. He went on to graduate from James Madison University, before moving to Richmond to begin a career in public service.

He rose through the ranks from Fellow in then-Governor Mark Warner’s office to become the first African American Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the youngest member of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s cabinet.

As Secretary, he led the largest, oldest, most public-facing office of the Governor’s cabinet, and was the driving force behind transforming the process that restores civil and voting rights. Under his leadership, state government was made more efficient and rights were restored to more than 18,000 disenfranchised Virginians more than the past seven administrations combined.

Previously, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager for McAuliffe’s successful gubernatorial campaign in 2013, and as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia before that. He led Virginia to an historic victory in 2008 and was, at the time, the youngest leader of a state Democratic Party in the country.

He is a 2006 graduate of the Minority Political Leadership Institute here in Richmond, and serves on a number of civic and community boards including the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board; GRASP, a college- access organization; the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration; and the Ujima Legacy Fund. He is also a proud member of Richmond Crusade for Voters and the NAACP.