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Virginia Beach city manager appoints two deputy city managers

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Posted at 5:53 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 17:53:57-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen announced Monday the appointments of Tom Leahy and Kenneth Chandler as the newest deputy city managers.

Leahy served as interim deputy city manager since Hansen was named city manager in January. He has been working in Virginia Beach’s Department of Public Utilities since 1980.

“Tom delivered one of the most important projects we have ever had, the Lake Gaston pipeline,” said Dave Hansen. “Tom’s wealth of experience, level of professionalism and strong project management experience will be invaluable as we once again have the opportunity to bring transformational projects online, like the arena, major road projects and potentially, the light rail extension to Town Center.”

Leahy will oversee the departments of of Public Works, Public Utilities, Information Technology, Finance and Budget and Management Services.

Ken Chandler will replace Cindy Curtis’ position. Curtis retired in April.

Chandler has held 27 years in executive level public sector experience around the U.S. He was forced to resign from his position as Portsmouth city manager in October 2012 following a scandal involving his handling of the resignation of the former fire chief.

Chandler will oversee the departments of Human Services, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Human Resources and Public Health as well as the offices of Organizational Development and Volunteer Resources.

Leahy’s first day was May 22 and Chandler will begin July 7.