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Meet the Interim City Manager
Meet the Interim City Manager

Douglas L. Smith brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the role of Interim City Manager for Norfolk, having served in a variety of appointed and elected positions in the public sector, and as a consultant and banker in the private sector. 
Smith’s public sector experience includes serving as Deputy City Manager in Virginia Beach and in Portsmouth, where he previously held positions as chief plans and policy officer and as economic development director. Smith was elected to the Portsmouth City Council in 2006, where he gained regional experience as commissioner for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Planning District.  

Smith assumed full responsibility for the supervision of administrative operations of the City of Norfolk, including the preparation of its annual budget, on 12/1/16. 

Prior to accepting the interim role, he was President of the Doug Smith Group, an economic development consulting firm focused on transformational public/private partnerships and regional innovation services. 

Previous private sector work included serving as president & CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, where he counseled national and local developers, municipalities, higher education institutions and corporations. Smith began his career in 1985 as a banker at First Union Corporation where he was promoted to Vice President. 

Smith is a graduate of Norfolk Academy and earned a BA in History from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Linda have two children. The family are long time Norfolk residents.

Contact Us
Douglas L Smith
Douglas L. Smith
Interim City Manager 

1101 City Hall Building
810 Union Street
Norfolk, VA 23510 

Ph: 757-664-4242 
Fx: 757-664-4239