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Deputy City Managers

Wynter Benda, Assistant City ManagerWynter Benda is an attorney who has dedicated many years to serving the public. Mr. Benda joined the City of Norfolk in March 2011 as the Assistant to the City Manager prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager of Health, Cultural Amenities and Legislative Services in May of 2013.

Mr. Benda previously served as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Hampton. He also held the position of In-House Council for the Chesapeake Treasurer’s Office and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the 7th Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Benda received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College, a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Theology degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law.

Mr. Benda was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach. He and his wife Shannon and three daughters now call Norfolk home. Mr. Benda is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and spends his free time chasing after his girls. He is well known for his array of bow ties.

Michael GoldsmithMichael Goldsmith served as Chief of Police prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager overseeing public safety and neighborhoods. Mr. Goldsmith began his public service career as a Norfolk Police Officer. Throughout his 27-year career with the Norfolk Police Department he expanded training and implemented national best practices in fair and impartial policing.  He also spearheaded the development of the department’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and enriched the partnership with the Norfolk Community Services Board. 

Furthermore, Mr. Goldsmith worked collaboratively to enhance the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods program and bolstered community-policing efforts. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Police Department received its first national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  

Mr. Goldsmith serves on several regional and national law enforcement boards. In addition, he served as the law enforcement subject matter expert at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Urbanization Experiment at the NATO Defense College in Italy.

Mr. Goldsmith and his wife Karen have 3 children, Zach, Rachel and Ellie.  Mr. Goldsmith loves to vacation at Walt Disney World and spends his free time reading. 

Interim Deputy City Manager

Stephen HawksStephen K. Hawks joined Norfolk’s team as Director of Human Services on July 1, 2011. A veteran with 44 years of Human Services experience in Hampton Roads, Mr. Hawks has led diverse people and social services programs to include child and adult welfare, benefit eligibility determination, Healthy Families Partnerships, finance and accounting, employment services, information technology, fraud investigation and overall administrative support.  He has served as an eligibility worker, a foster parent, an assistant director at two local agencies and a budget manager-all of which makes him particularly qualified to lead a well-run Human Services Department.

Mr. Hawks serves on various commissions, task forces and boards and is known for his ability to problem solve and collaborate, helping systems to develop and implement workload process improvements. Mr. Hawks is most known for his compassionate and common sense approach to human services staff and community partners. He believes that a high performance environment is set by the administration cultivating an atmosphere of open communication, sharing of ideas, and collaborating with community partners who also wish to achieve successful outcomes for the vulnerable children, families, adults and communities we serve.

Mr. Hawks is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Tidewater Community College.  Mr. Hawks is happily married to his soulmate, Ginny Hawks and has 4 children, 8 grandchildren and two beautiful pets, Precious and Feather.