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After 27 years on the Norfolk police force, Chief Michael Goldsmith has been appointed as Deputy City Manger.
Beginning Dec. 1, Goldsmith will supervise the police, emergency and fire operations, as well as neighborhood development.
“Chief Goldsmith knows this city, cares deeply for it and understands the needs of its citizens,” said Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk city manager, in a press release Friday. “He engages residents of all ages and has earned trusting relationships with them. In his new role, he will build upon his efforts and work collaboratively, thoughtfully and strategically, to make Norfolk a great place to live, work and thrive.”
During his nearly three decades with the police department, Goldsmith led the development of the city’s Crisis Intervention Team – which trained officers to effectively assist residents suffering from mental illnesses – and worked closely with the Community Services Board.
Neighbors Building Neighborhoods – a program created to foster community within neighborhoods – was also organized by Goldsmith and other community leaders. As police chief, he worked to increase officer interaction with residents and served on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Urbanization Experiment.
Taking over for Goldsmith on Dec. 1, Deputy Chief Larry Boone – who has been with the department since 1989 – has also strived to bolster community outreach, specifically at-risk youth and under-served populations.
“I am thrilled to pass the baton to Deputy Chief Boone,” Goldsmith said in the release. “We’ve been colleagues and friends throughout our 27 years in the Norfolk Police department. Not only has Deputy Chief Boone demonstrated operational excellence, he has grown the diversity of our force and developed strong community partnership and outreach programs.”
Boone helped create the implementation of the Office of Community Outreach, which led programs that directly affected community relations throughout the Norfolk.
In an effort to strengthen the Norfolk Police Department’s Recruitment Unit, Boone created a paid internship program, giving enrolled students the ability to train with police officers on the job.
“I’ve taken great pride in working under Chief Goldsmith,” Boone said in the release. “His leadership has paved a foundation for the department’s successful future and I intend to improve upon what we’ve set in motion. The Norfolk Police Department has been the signal of achievement in law enforcement and I am honored to become its next Chief of Police.”