- Newport News has a FY2023 total budget of over $1 billion and 3,600 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions across all funds. As an independent city, it is considered a “county equivalent” with the authority of a consolidated city-county government, including allocating the budgets of Newport News Public Schools and constitutional offices such as the Sheriff and Commonwealth’s Attorney. Because of the breadth of services the City oversees, the City Manager must be comfortable managing complexity and collaborating with departments outside of their chain of command.
- The City Council welcomed a new Mayor and three new Councilmembers elected in 2022. Among their shared expectations for the next City Manager is the desire for a candid, charismatic leader who will take a bold, metrics-driven initiative to position Newport News as a leader in the region. They should be able to represent City Council credibly and place a high priority on communication, to include proactive communication with Mayor and Council, regular engagement with the community, and effectively translating City Council policy and priorities to the workforce.
- Newport News is a midsized city with big city needs. In addition to being fully built out, the city’s long and narrow geography presents unique challenges related to transportation, development, and service delivery. As such, some key issues that the next City Manager should expect to address include: 1) Shepherding the $300 million investment in the ongoing redevelopment of the Southeast community; 2) Identifying regional solutions related to homelessness, mental health, and public safety; and 3) Addressing staffing challenges and compensation in a competitive employment market.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate competence in building coalitions with regional partners, leading change, and managing a multigenerational workforce. They will possess a collaborative leadership style and demonstrate an ability to balance data-driven decision making with decisive action.