Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey resigns

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Jim Bourey resigned from his post as city manager Tuesday after the city council discussed his job performance for more than two hours behind closed doors.

No city council members or Bourey would confirm if he was asked to step aside.

“Obviously, I am disappointed that it’s coming to an end at this point in time, but I think we’re ready to move on,” said Bourey to the council after the vote. “I would like to thank you all for what was almost four really productive years.”

The city council unanimously accepted Bourey’s resignation and unanimously appointed assistant city manager Cynthia Rohlf as acting city manager.

“Today is a day of victory for the citizens of Newport News,” said Andrew Shannon, president of the Peninsula chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). “When you are in a position of trust for the citizens, you got to do the will of the people.”

Bourey’s resignation comes five days after he resigned from the Peninsula Airport Commission.

The airport is in the middle of a state audit after the secretary of transportation, Aubrey Layne, accused the airport of “unauthorized” spending when they spent $3.5 million in public money to pay off a bank loan for the now-defunct PeopleExpress. Layne says the taxpayer money should have only been used for capital improvement projects, like runway or building upgrades.

Bourey was on the commission when the check was signed.

“We have a lot of issues that need to be addressed and perhaps someone else may have some new ideas that can really benefit us,” said Councilwoman Sharon Scott, who hopes Bourey’s departure will bring about new trust in city government.

As part of Bourey’s severance package, he’ll earn six months pay from his current $225,016 salary plus $625 a month for six months for his car allowance.