RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Mayor Dwight Jones announced Wednesday the appointments of Norman D. Butts as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Debra D. Gardner as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services.
Norman Butts, previously Director of Finance for the Town of Leesburg, will begin on June 23. Butts is a lawyer, accountant, educator, public administrator, and a former elected official. He has been an Inspector General, Auditor, Chief Finance Officer, Debt Manager and a City Manager.
As the City's DCAO for Finance, he will be responsible for the Departments of Finance, Procurement, Human Resources, Budget and Strategic Planning, and Information Technology.
Debra Gardner, previously Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections, begins immediately. Gardner has been a public administrator, corrections professional, justice services administrator, intervention specialist and prevention expert.
As the City's DCAO for Human Services, she will be responsible for the Departments of Social Services; Justice Services; and Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; the Mayor's Youth Academy; the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Initiative and the new Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building. She will also serve as the City's liaison to Richmond's Public Libraries, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority and Richmond City Health District.