Deputy City Managers
Michael Goldsmith served as Chief of Police prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager overseeing public safety. 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.
James Rogers served as Director of Neighborhood Development prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager overseeing a portfolio of community-oriented city departments.
Mr. Rogers has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the private and public sector. For the past 12 years, he has been an integral leader in the City of Norfolk. As Director of Neighborhood Development, Mr. Rogers increased partnerships and collaboration between city departments, civic leagues and community-based agencies. He implemented a holistic approach to community relations addressing health, housing and public safety needs of Norfolk neighborhoods. As Special Assistant to the City Manager, Mr. Rogers built community-based initiatives and increased outreach with Norfolk residents to build trust and engagement.
Prior to Norfolk. Mr. Rogers served as Vice President of Operations for the “Y” of Metropolitan Washington; Executive Media & Public Relations Coordinator and Deputy Director of the Office of Central Services for Prince George County’s Maryland; and Vice President of National Sales for School Specialty, the nation’s largest marketer of non-textbook educational materials.
Mr. Rogers is the 2015 recipient of the American Society of Public Administration Association’s Julian F. Hurst Award for Distinguished Public Service, served on the Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction and currently serves as a board member of the Granby Street YMCA.
Mr. Rogers is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Service and Commendation Medal.
Mr. Rogers lives in Norfolk with his wife, Vickie. They enjoy traveling and visiting their children and their 5 grandchildren.
Catheryn Whitesell Catheryn Whitesell has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector. As Deputy City Manager, Ms. Whitesell oversees Finance and Administration. Previously, she served as the Chief Solutions Officer of Strategy, Transparency, Innovation and Resiliency in the City of Virginia Beach. She championed the use of innovation, collaboration and open data within city government and with its citizenry.
In addition, Ms. Whitesell served as Director of Budget and Management Services for 15 years where she worked collaboratively across city departments to meet their missions and services in the community. She implemented a Biennial Budget, increased resident engagement in budget development and revitalized the process for performance measurements.
Ms. Whitesell received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lenoir-Rhyne College.