Top Richmond City Financial Officer Named Norfolk City Manager
Richmond’s highly-regarded Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Budget and Finance has just been named Norfolk’s new city manager. Charles Fishburne reports.
Marcus Jones was recruited by Mayor Dwight Jones, no relation, sixteen months ago from Norfolk, where he was then Assistant City Manager, and he has been instrumental in helping pare down Richmond city expenses without cutting services in dire economic times.
But yesterday, Norfolk tapped him to be their new City Manager, to replace Regina Williams, who announced her retirement only three weeks ago.
Marcus Jones was apparently Norfolk's first and only choice for the job; he was interviewed last Friday for about ninety minutes by council members, who immediately went into closed session, authorized the mayor to negotiate terms, and the deal was done.
Mayor Jones said in a statement late yesterday that Marcus Jones was a key element in his leadership team, had met and exceeded his every expectation and wished him every success in his new job.
Marcus Jones will assume his new duties as Norfolk City Manager February 1st.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News