City Manager Dave Hansen Resigns: City Council Expects to Appoint Interim Manager Sept 3

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

After 13 and a half years with the City of Virginia Beach, including 3 and a half as city manager, Dave Hansen has announced his resignation, effective Wednesday, August 28. The decision came after a lengthy discussion yesterday with the Mayor and City Council. Hansen announced his decision to department leaders during a meeting this morning and through an email to the rest of the workforce shortly thereafter. In it, Hansen said, 

"For 13 and a half years, I have had the honor of working with you to support our city and to make things better for Virginia Beach. Thank you for believing in me and coming to work with good intentions and putting forth your best efforts.

Today, we find ourselves in difficult times. It is during these times that we must rally in support of each other so as to overcome the hardships we face. Our most recent tragedy will take all our energy, strength and patience so we can walk the long path of recovery ahead. You define your destiny. You determine your work environment. You are accountable for your own actions. I don't believe in pointing fingers, I believe in rolling up our sleeves and figuring out how to solve our challenges. I encourage you to do the same.

Today, I will be resigning as your City Manager and submitting for retirement. I want you to know I will remain your biggest cheerleader and don't you ever believe you are anything less than the very best. Take care of yourselves, your coworkers and our citizens."

"Dave deserves tremendous credit for all he has accomplished during his tenure with the city," Mayor Robert "Bobby" Dyer said. "His focus on building our solid infrastructure to rallying the city to support the incredibly successful Something in the Water, Dave has achieved more in the last three and a half years than many managers accomplish in their entire careers. I want to personally thank him for his service and dedication and wish him a well-earned retirement."

"Dave has done a phenomenal job managing the city and his wealth of knowledge and experience will be missed," said Vice Mayor Jim Wood.

​Hansen has named Deputy City Manager Tom Leahy as acting manager pending Council's decision on naming an interim Sept 3.