City Finance Director Leaving 

Marcus Jones, deputy chief administrative officer for finance, to take over as Norfolk city manager.

The city's finance director, Marcus Jones, is leaving Richmond.

Jones, who became deputy chief administrative officer for finance in June 2009, was introduced as Norfolk's new city manager at a press conference this afternoon.

For more information read The Virginian-Pilot's story this morning here. In a press statement, Mayor Dwight Jones congratulated Jones on his “career move.”

Here's the full statement:

“Marcus Jones' appointment to the role of city manager for the city of Norfolk is bittersweet for me. When I recruited Marcus to Richmond, I knew what a great talent we were bringing to our city. The work that he has done over the past 16 months has met or surpassed every expectation that I had. Marcus has the ability to build organizations and get the best performance from his staff.

"In the area of finance, he was able to curtail the use of costly consultants and restructure operations with city employees. Under his leadership, staff implemented programs that have resulted in significant budget savings. Marcus is a unique talent and it would be natural for my good friend, Mayor Paul Fraim, to lure him back. This is clearly an important move for Marcus' career, and he deserves this opportunity to ascend to the city manager role. I know that it was a difficult decision for him to make, as he has been a key member of my leadership team and we've all established strong working relationships with one another. However, it would be selfish of us to try to hold him back.

"We will deeply miss him as a part of our inside team but we will be rooting for his every success and even bigger accomplishments going forward.” -- Mayor Dwight Jones

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