Longtime Virginia Beach worker appointed acting city manager

Virginia News

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A longtime Virginia Beach employee will serve as the city’s acting top executive, filling a post that became vacant due to a resignation last month.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the City Council appointed Tom Leahy acting city manager last week. The move comes after former city manager Dave Hansen resigned amid criticism for his response to a May mass shooting by a city employee.

Leahy previously served as director of public utilities and since 2016 has been deputy city manager.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia who started working for the city in 1980. He has a master’s of public administration from Old Dominion University.

According to the newspaper, Leahy will receive a 10 % bump from his roughly $195,000 salary. He’ll serve until a new city manager is hired.

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