Doug Smith appointed as new Norfolk city manager

Norfolk City Manager Doug Smith (Photo: City of Norfolk)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk City Council voted unanimously to appoint Doug Smith as the new city manager Tuesday.

Smith has served as interim city manager since Dec. 1, 2016. He also worked as deputy city manager in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.

“As interim city manager during a year of significant transition for city hall and Norfolk, Doug Smith has provided steady, responsive and innovative leadership,” Mayor Kenny Alexander said in a news release issued by the city.

In his time as interim city manager, Smith has helped with the opening of the new Waterside district, the Main hotel and conference center and this week, the Norfolk Premium Outlets.

Downtown Norfolk abuzz with ongoing, completed development

“I obviously spent the last seven months doing the job and I couldn’t be more excited or more thrilled to step in. It’s humbling but it’s exciting. It’s a great city,” said Smith.

Smith hopes to tackle sea level rise poverty in the city, which affects 22 percent of the population.

Smith took over as interim city manager after Marcus Jones left for a new job in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Newly appointed Norfolk City Manager Doug Smith speaks before city council on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (Joe Fisher/WAVY Photo)