Harrell, the city manager of Chesapeake, will replace Philip Shucet who was hired in February 2010 to help complete construction of The Tide light rail.
After rail service began in August 2011, Shucet initiated a series of internal reforms to improve HRT's overall management practices and make HRT a more publicly accountable organization. Shucet is returning to his private transportation consulting business.
Harrell has served as Chesapeake's city manager since June 2007 and is credited with helping the city reduce spending while sustaining core servcies without an increase in taxes or fees. With 26 years in public service, Harrell has spent much of his career focused on operations including public works, fleet mainteance, public utilities and transportation.
Harrell begins work at HRT on April 2nd.