NORFOLK, VA – Dr. Chip Filer is pleased to announce Patrick Roberts has accepted the position of Deputy City Manager and will oversee an Operations portfolio that includes Public Works, Utilities, Transit, Resilience and Planning. Mr. Roberts is no stranger to the Hampton Roads region after serving as the City Manager of Suffolk from 2015 to 2020 and with multiple regional partnerships, including the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA), Southside Network Authority and Planning District Commission.
Mr. Roberts comes to Norfolk with more than 20 years of experience in local government. Prior to his service as Suffolk City Manager, he was the Deputy City Manager in Suffolk overseeing Operations, Development and major capital projects from June 2008 to May 2015. Prior to working in Suffolk, he was the Senior Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer for Richmond, Virginia, in the office of then Mayor, L. Douglas Wilder.
Mr. Roberts started his public service career in Richmond in the Departments of Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office, Office the Mayor/CAO and City Auditor. He has been a long-time member of the Virginia Building Code Officials Association and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).
Mr. Roberts is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and received a Master of Public Administration
degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Roberts first day with the City of Norfolk is July 26.