Jim Tolbert is the former Director of the City's Department of Neighborhood Development Services. He left his position in February 2015 to take a position as assistant city manager of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 
Tolbert was born in Opelika, Alabama and moved to Columbus, Georgia, when he was 14.
He and his wife, Anne, have two children. 
Tolbert got a Bachelor of Science in Community Planning and Development from Columbus College and picked up a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University. 
He is a fan of the band Widespread Panic. 
- Web. Sandy Springs names James Tolbert assistant city manager, Reporter Newspapers, Reporter Newspapers, January 8, 2015, retrieved January 10, 2015.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 2 Aug. 1999.
- Web. Jim Tolbert, City of Charlottesville, Meet Your Government, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 9, 2013, retrieved September 24, 2014.