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Douglas L. Smith named Va. Beach deputy city manager

5/15/2014, 9:51 a.m.
Douglas L. Smith is the new deputy city manager of Va. Beach.

The City of Virginia Beach announced today that Douglas L. Smith, president and CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, has been named deputy city manager, effective June 1, 2014. He replaces Steve Herbert, who retired on Nov. 1, 2013, and will report to City Manager Jim Spore.

In his position, Doug will supervise the following departments: Agriculture, Cultural Affairs, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Economic Development, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Museums, Planning and Strategic Growth Areas.

Doug has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as an elected member of the Portsmouth City Council from 2006 – 2010, where he was council liaison to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. At Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, he has counseled national and local developers, municipalities, higher education institutions and corporations since 2003. Prior to Kaufman & Canoles, he served first as the City of Portsmouth’s chief plans and policy officer, then as its economic development director, and finally as deputy city manager. He began his career in 1985 as a banker at First Union Corporation. He worked as an assistant vice president in North Carolina, and a vice president in Georgia and Virginia until 1997.

“I welcome Doug to the city’s senior management team,” said Jim Spore. “Increasingly, local government must partner with the community and private sector to achieve the city’s vision, and Doug’s expertise in public-private development solutions and infrastructure development strategies will be an invaluable asset as Virginia Beach moves forward.”

Doug has served in a number of regional leadership positions. He is currently the chairman of Future of Hampton Roads and a board member of the CIVIC Leadership Institute. He is the past chairman of the Rail Subcommittee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, served as the chairman of the Development Committee for the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, and was chairman of the Portsmouth Port & Industrial Commission.

Doug is a graduate of the University of Virginia.