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Harry Black City ManagerHarry Black, City Manager

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Harry Black is a recognized champion of change and innovation who focuses on transforming organizations by applying best practices and outcome-based strategies. Black’s extensive career includes leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He is a seasoned executive having served as city manager, deputy chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, program manager, and chief procurement officer.

Black is a leader and pioneer in the development and implementation of performance management programs for cities, helping them to optimize transparency, accountability, and overall performance, thereby improving overall service delivery. Black has implemented a comprehensive integrated systems approach that allows public sector organizations to optimize performance and results. He advocates for the systematic integration of data analytics, lean techniques, smart technologies, citistat programs, and laser-focused strategic planning.


2021 ResultsIn the area of public financial management, Black has led efforts for several large American cities in the issuance of more than $5 billion of municipal bond transactions from general obligation bonds, revenue anticipation notes, revenue bonds, short-term banknotes, and operating leases.  Successfully represented multiple municipalities to rating agencies. In three cases efforts led to bond rating and outlook upgrades. Black has a proven track record of helping cities successfully address structural budget imbalances, budget shortfalls, strengthening reserves and achieving healthcare and pension reform. 


Black has served as a leader in the area of capital program development and execution having served as Program Manager of a $500 million, five-year Federal design and construction program, building academic, food service, dormitory, medical, athletic/recreational, and vocational training facilities, supporting 20 million gross square feet of facilities across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Black is credited with helping cities overcome debt capacity constraints with the introduction of innovative debt financing solutions that allowed these cities to be able to more than double lane miles repaved/preventative maintenance, fleet refreshment, new schools, new recreation centers, and gateway beautification.


Black is published in subjects ranging from community & economic development, pension & healthcare reform, and performance management & data analytics. In addition, he has delivered numerous presentations on the aforementioned subjects, as well as police-community relations reforms, infrastructure development, public procurement, and long-range public financial planning. 


Black received his BS in Public Administration from Virginia State University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. 



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Will Crew Deputy City ManagerWill Crew, Deputy City Manager II

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Will Crew, former Director of Community Development, has 27 years of experience in leading, mentoring, coaching, and building teams within local government. Will has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Bemidji State University located in Minnesota. His professional mission is to transform governmental regulatory systems by building and mentoring highly functioning, collaborative teams that deliver effective and efficient service to developers, contractors, designers, and owners.  



Jay Kapoor Deputy City ManagerJay Kapoor, Deputy City Manager II

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Jay Kapoor joined the City of Stockton in 2020. Formerly the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Stockton, he was appointed Deputy City Manager in 2022. Jay has nearly 20 years of public sector experience, including fiscal policy analysis, budget, audit, finance, and forecasting. From 2004 to 2020, Jay served at the State Department of Finance, where he was responsible for nearly $52 billion in public funds dedicated to social services programs that support low-income families and other vulnerable populations throughout California.


Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA degree from California State University, Sacramento.


Courtney ChristyCourtney Christy, Deputy City Manager I

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