Ron Williams Appointed Deputy City Manager for Economic Vitality

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

​Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen announced today the appointment of Ronald H. Williams, Jr. as deputy city manager for Economic Vitality. He will oversee the departments of Planning and Neighborhood Development, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Agriculture, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs Office, Economic Development, and the Aquarium and Museums. Williams will fill the vacancy created following Doug Smith's recent departure.

Williams has been deputy city manager in the City of Norfolk since 2012. He manages the planning and infrastructure areas and has also overseen Economic Development, General Services, Human Resources and Information Technology. He also worked for Norfolk from 2002-2010 in various capacities, including director of Budget Management and Grants and special assistant to the city manager.

"Ron has impressive qualifications and brings a strong record of professional accomplishments in both the public and private sectors," said Hansen. "He has earned a reputation for being a thoughtful and productive individual who delivers quality projects and achieves outstanding results. In addition to overseeing the formulation of major capital projects and important economic development initiatives, Ron understands the intricacies of municipal budgeting and successfully navigates intergovernmental relations. He is great addition to our team."

Some of the projects Williams directed in Norfolk are: consolidated courthouse complex ($121 million), Slover Library ($64 million), Hotel and Conference Center ($146 million), and Simon Premium Outlets ($85 million). He also led the development of the City's Coastal Resiliency Strategy and initiated its Bike & Pedestrian Strategic Corridor Plan.

"Some of the best career opportunities come when you're not necessarily looking for them," said Williams. "I have been fortunate to work with some incredibly talented people and am proud to have had a role in so many projects that will have great value for Norfolk for a long time. Virginia Beach offers new challenges and I am looking forward to joining the city manager and his team there."

Williams earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from Regent University. He received the 2016 Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service from the Hampton Roads chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators.

Williams will begin Nov. 7.

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