Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander announced Norfolk City Council has appointed Douglas L. Smith, Norfolk’s next city manager.
The Council voted unanimously to appoint Doug during tonight’s formal session.
“As interim city manager during a year of significant transition for city hall and Norfolk, Doug Smith has provided steady, responsive and innovative leadership,” said Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Mayor.
“In his short time, he has ushered us through transformational developments throughout the city. He’s worked closely with City Council to help us focus on our priorities: education, public safety and improving our communities. Doug has demonstrated a dedication to this city and its residents. We are confident Doug will continue shaping Norfolk as we write its next chapter.”
“I’m thrilled that my role is turning into a long term relationship with the city,: said Doug Smith, City Manager. “Norfolk is my home. This is where my wife and I are raising our children and it is a wonderful time to be here. Norfolk is truly one of the most collaborative, creative cities in the country and I’m proud to build on the momentum that is underway.”
Doug has served as the Interim City Manager since December 1, 2016. His public sector experience includes serving as Deputy City Manager in the cities of Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. Additional leadership roles in Portsmouth included Chief Plans and Policy Officer and Economic Development Director.
Smith was elected to the Portsmouth City Council in 2006, where he gained regional experience as commissioner for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Planning District.