Deputy city manager will assume top role if Spore replacement is not in place by Jan. 1

Deputy City Manager Doug L. Smith (Courtesy of vbgov.com)
Deputy City Manager Doug L. Smith (Courtesy of vbgov.com)

If Virginia Beach does not find a new city manager soon, Deputy City Manager Doug Smith will temporarily assume the role and receive a pay raise.

Smith, a former Portsmouth councilman, will fill in if a replacement for City Manager Jim Spore is not found before Spore retires on Dec. 31, according to a resolution the City Council passed Tuesday. The promotion will bring with it a 10 percent pay bump for Smith that he will keep as long as he has the title.

The council has interviewed candidates to replace Spore but has not made a decision. Mayor Will Sessoms said he did not know if they are close to hiring someone.

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