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6/26/2013, 10:19 a.m.

After a nationwide search that yielded 42 applicants and four finalists, members of the Newport News City Council announced their selection of James M. “Jim” Bourey as city manager. Bourey was selected for a second interview and Council unanimously agreed to offer him the position.

Bourey, touted as having more than 25 years of experience in local government, is replacing Neil Morgan who retired as city manager at the end of May. Assistant City Manager Cindy Rohlf has been serving as interim city manager since June 1

Bourey's tenure begins July 16 with an annual salary of $202,000.

Originally from Hanover, New Hampshire, Bourey is currently director of corporate development with Elliot Davis, an accounting and financial services firm in Greenville, South Carolina, and is involved in economic development and business recruitment activities throughout the region. Previously he served in a variety of local government management positions most recently as City Manager of Greenville (2004-2010). Prior to that he held senior management positions in El Dorado County, California, Hennepin County, Minnesota, and Hillsborough County, Florida. Bourey holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University, and two master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, in Urban Design and in Architecture.

“With over 35 years of public service experience, Jim will complement our remarkable team of City employees,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley Price. “My colleagues on City Council and I look forward to his leadership as he works with us and the entire City organization to continue to make Newport News a place where great things are happening.”

“I am absolutely delighted and honored to be selected as the next Newport News City Manager,” said Bourey. “The support of the City Council is very gratifying; my wife, Ann, and I are most anxious to become a part of this vibrant and special community. Everything we have experienced with the City feels so right for us. I look forward to helping to build on the multitude of wonderful assets of the City and working with the Mayor, City Council and terrific team of city staff members.”