City Manager's Office

​​​​​​The mission of the City Manager's Office is to provide support and direction for the delivery of quality customer service to Virginia Beach citizens and visitors, City Council, City staff, and others to maintain and nurture a quality community for Virginia Beach.


Patrick A. Duhaney

City Manager
Patrick A. Duhaney joined the City of Virginia Beach as city manager in July, 2020. 

Prior to taking on his new role, he served as city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had been employed since 2009. While there, Duhaney served in a variety of roles, including contract compliance specialist, chief procurement officer and assistant city manager. 

Before his work in local government, Duhaney served in the U.S. Army on active duty and in reserve capacity from 1999 to 2015 under combat engineer and ordnance commands. He also worked for a community development financial institution in Cincinnati, where he served as a program officer responsible for issuing community development loans, oversaw the local LISC office’s loan portfolio, and worked to bring resources to aid in the redevelopment of Cincinnati neighborhoods. Duhaney has served on numerous boards in Cincinnati pertaining to neighborhood economic development and redevelopment and chaired the City of Cincinnati's Minority/Small/Women Business Enterprise Advisory Board. 

Duhaney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the Cleveland State University and master’s in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Urban League’s African-American Leadership Development Program. He is also a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a Certified Public Procurement Buyer issued by the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP).

Taylor Adams

Deputy City Manager

Taylor has 20+ years of experience in the public and private sectors in business development, lending, sales, procurement, finance administration, and serving as a chief administrative officer of a local government. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Hult International Business School. 

Kenneth L. Chandler

Deputy City Manager

Ken Chandler has 27 years of executive level public sector experience in diverse communities including Richmond, Arlington County, Dallas, TX, Portsmouth and, most recently, the District of Columbia.  He oversees the departments of Human Services, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Human Resources, Public Health and Aquarium & Historic Houses as well as the offices of STiR and ​Volunteer Resources.

Ken earned a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University and a BA from Morehouse College. He is an International City Manager's Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager and is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Ronald H. Williams, Jr.

Deputy City Manager

Ron Williams serves as the deputy city manager for the City of Virginia Beach. In this capacity he oversees the departments of Agriculture, Planning & Community Development, Public Utilities and Public Works. During his tenure he has overseen major initiatives including the Virginia Beach Sports Center, the Dome Site Redevelopment, the partnership with the Something in the Water Festival and the COVID-19 Beach Opening Plan.

Ron previously served as Norfolk's deputy city manager for Planning and Infrastructure, which included the departments of Planning, Public Works and Utilities. Ron directed major capital projects and public-private partnerships such as the Slover Library, the Hilton Norfolk – Main & Executive Conference Center, the Norfolk Premium Outlets, the Norfolk Amtrak Station, and the Norfolk 5-School Modernization Program. Prior to becoming their Deputy City Manager, Ron served as Director of Budget Management & Grants, the Special Assistant to the City Manager, Acting Grants Director, and Director of Intergovernmental Relations. 

Ron is an advocate for coastal resiliency, placemaking and community development strategies and has participated in Advisory Service panels for the Urban Land Institute. He was awarded the 2016 Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service from the American Society for Public Administration–Hampton Roads Chapter.

In addition to his local government experience, Ron has worked in executive positions in the private sector and non-profit organizations. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1992-1999.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regent University.