Mark Johnson Selected as Director of Public Works for City of Virginia Beach

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

​City Manager Dave Hansen has appointed Mark Johnson as director of Public Works for the City of Virginia Beach. Johnson has been serving as interim director since Jan. 1, 2018, following the retirement of Public Works Director Phil Davenport.  

Johnson is a 33-year veteran of the City who started his career as a project manager in Public Utilities. Four years later, Johnson moved to Public Works and has been promoted through the ranks. Prior to being named interim director, Johnson was operations engineer, responsible for the department's major operating areas, including stormwater, street maintenance, traffic management, beach operations and engineering/technical support.  

"These last seven months have provided Mark the opportunity to lead the department of Public Works through some challenging issues and I couldn't be more pleased to see how he handled them," said Hansen. "Mark has been the go-to engineer manager for both engineering and operations and has become our subject matter expert in numerous critical areas like stormwater management, road construction and maintenance, coastal protection and facility design and contracting. Mark's strengths are his collaborative leadership style and his 'can-do' attitude. He joins a very competent cadre of City department directors who continue to deliver reliable and quality services to our citizens and businesses," Hansen added.

"It means a lot to know the city manager has confidence in my abilities to lead the department, especially when much of the work ahead of us is critical to ensuring the long-term health and viability of the city," said Johnson.  I'm fortunate to have a department full of capable and dedicated employees who work hard every day to make this City a better place."

Mark is a licensed professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and a Master's certificate in project management from The George Washington University. 

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