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.

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Dave L. Hansen

City Manager

Dave Hansen as City Manager for the City of Virginia Beach, serves as executive and administrative leader of the city government; plans, directs, and coordinates the work of the Deputy City Managers and Department Directors to ensure alignment with City Council's vision.​

Dave's career in financial, technology, infrastructure, and capital improvement management has spanned over three decades. He joined the Virginia Beach government team in April 2006 following his assignment as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command headquartered at Fort Monroe. An officer in the U.S. Army, he also held positions as commanding officer and district engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk district; director of public works for Fort Eustis and Fort Story; senior combat engineer trainer at the Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.; engineer battalion commander in the 1st Cavalry Division; and executive officer to the Director of the Army budget at the Pentagon.

Dave holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies and Logistics from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a Master's in Business Administration and Contracting from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Central Florida.

Douglas L. Smith

Deputy City Manager

​Douglas L. Smith became Deputy City Manager, June 2, 2014. He was previously president and CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting. Doug has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.  He served as the City of Portsmouth's Chief Plans and Policy Officer, then as its Economic Development Director, and finally as Deputy City Manager. H​e also served as an elected member of the Portsmouth City Council from 2006 to 2010, where he was council liaison to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. He began his career in 1985 as a banker at First Union Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Virginia. As Deputy City Manager, Doug oversees the departments of Agriculture, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs, Economic Development, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Museums, Planning and the Strategic Growth Area Office. 

Doug has served in a number of regional leadership positions. He is past chairman of Future of Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads District Council of the Urban Land Institute. 


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 and Public Health as well as the offices of Organizational Development 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.

Tom Leahy

Deputy City Manager

Mr. Leahy oversees the departments of Public Works, Public Utilities, Communications and Information Technology, Management Services, and Finance.  

Before assuming the Deputy City Manager position, Mr. Leahy was the Director of Public Utilities which provides water and sewer service for more than 425,000 people.  Before that, he was the Water Resources Manager during which time he was Project Manager for a $150 million pipeline project to transfer 60 million gallons of water per day from Lake Gaston to southeast Virginia.

Before joining the City in 1980, Mr. Leahy worked for Dow Chemical and IBM in the research and development of reverse osmosis desalting membranes and purification of water for the electronics industry.  He has four decades of experience in the public water and wastewater industry.

​Mr. Leahy has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Public Administration from Old Dominion University.

​He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, a member of the American Water Works Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Membrane Technology Association.

Mr. Leahy moved to Virginia Beach in 1966 when his father was assigned to the Northwest Radio Transmitter Station in Chesapeake.  He graduated from Kellam High School, as did his daughter, Jennifer and son, Thomas.  He lives with his wife, Pam in the Nimmo-Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach.