NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk’s city manager is leaving his current position to lead a regional economic development alliance, WAVY’s Andy Fox reports.
A well-placed source confirmed to 10 On Your Side that Doug Smith is being chosen as the next president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.
The vote is expected to take place at the alliance’s meeting Thursday afternoon. In taking the position, Smith will have to resign as city manager of Norfolk.
Norfolk appointed Smith to the position of city manager in June 2017. Mayor Kenny Alexander on Thursday released a statement on Smith’s service to the city:
” For nearly three years, Doug Smith has provided the City of Norfolk with steady leadership, administrative vision, and a willingness to make tough decisions. He bravely assumed the most important role in the administration of local government in the wake of the departure of the previous city manager, Marcus Jones, and his time here has been greatly appreciated.Norfol Mayor Kenny Alexander
We will always be grateful for Mr. Smith’s service. His prior work in local government as a councilman in Portsmouth and a deputy city manager in Virginia Beach remains a testament to his commitment to public service and the growth and success of Hampton Roads. As a partner with HREDA, we are certain that we will be working directly with him to strength, diversify and grow our regions economy , and create high paying jobs.”
Smith had previously served as deputy city manager in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.