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James B. Oliver Jr. sworn in as new Norfolk city treasurer

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- A new Norfolk city treasurer was sworn in Friday.

Norfolk Circuit Court judges appointed James B. Oliver, Jr. as city treasurer Thursday.

"Maybe it is an opportunity that I can really help," Oliver said. "I tend to take on things in a pretty big way."

Oliver is stepping into an office that many believe was left with a black eye by former city treasurer Anthony Burfoot, who is serving a six-year prison sentence at Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg for public corruption and perjury.

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"There has been a lot of human turmoil and I think that will be my will be my top priority, to return to a calm and competent office," Oliver said.

Oliver is a former city manager in Norfolk and Portsmouth. The 74-year-old says he was spending time with his grandchildren when he got a call from a Norfolk judge.

"There were eight judges who recommended that I could do something that could help the city, so that was pretty important to me," Oliver added.

Oliver says he's not just a band aid for the office. He plans to lead the everyday operations and do it the best way he knows how.

"I hope I can make a difference," Oliver said. "I hope I can really help people feel good again about their jobs and hope the public will feel good this particular office."

Oliver will server as Norfolk treasurer until the November election. He says he has no plan to run for the office.


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