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.
“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.