HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - The City of Hampton announced Monday it will bid farewell to Mayor Molly Joseph Ward this week as she takes on a new position at the White House.
After serving Hampton for more than five years, Ward will step down from her position as Mayor on Friday, according to Robin McCormick with the City of Hampton. Ward's resignation comes as she has been appointed as a Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
In her new position, Ward will lead White House engagement with mayors, county and municipal officials across the country.
Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued a statement Monday on Ward's appointment:
I congratulate Mayor Ward on this exciting new endeavor. Mayor Ward has faithfully served the City of Hampton as its Mayor since 2008 and before that as the City's Treasurer. Mayor Ward led the City's successful effort to designate Fort Monroe as a National Monument. While her term as Mayor comes to an end, it is clear that Hampton is a better place to live and work thanks to her leadership. Our federal government is gaining a very smart, capable and dedicated public servant and I know that the President will benefit greatly from Molly's counsel. I will miss working with her on local issues impacting Hampton, but I am excited that I will continue to work with her in her new capacity at the White House.
Hampton City Council will appoint an interim replacement for Ward.
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