Paige D. Cherry  
City Council
Title: Vice Mayor
Phone: 757-297-2344

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 820
Portsmouth, VA 23705

Term Expires: December 31, 2018

The Honorable Vice Mayor Paige D. Cherry

Vice Mayor Cherry is a native of Windsor, North Carolina. He attended the Bertie County Public Schools where he excelled in academics and athletics. He displayed his leadership ability early in life, serving as President of his Senior Class. His civilian educational background includes a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Housing Management from Winston-Salem State University.


He is a former Army Field Artillery Officer and Operations Research Analyst (ORSA). Paige spent nearly nine years on active duty. The highlight of his military career was commanding Service Battery 4th Battalion 3rd Field Artillery during Operation Desert Storm. In light of his achievements in the liberation of Kuwait, Paige was awarded the Bronze Star.

Operations Research Analyst

After the Gulf War, Paige served as an ORSA for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Simulation and Analysis at, Fort Monroe, Virginia. In this position, he performed quick reaction analysis and assisted in the development and management of the TRADOC Study Program. Paige resigned from active duty in 1993 while serving in this position.

In 1993, his civilian career began when he joined the Chief of Staff of the Army's Louisiana Maneuvers Task Force as an ORSA at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He worked on a wide range of Army issues and coordinated major projects and technology demonstrations for Senior Defense leaders such as the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the TRADOC Commander.

TRADOC Manpower Activity

After leaving the Task Force, he served as a Management Analyst for TRADOC Manpower Activity at Ft. Monroe where he led and conducted manpower assessment reviews of education, training and major organizational functions. He applied quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques to build staffing standards.

Navy Medicine Support Command Requirements Determination Team

He also served as Staffing Standards Division Head for the Navy Medicine Support Command Requirements Determination Team in Portsmouth, Virginia. There he led the development of staffing models for Navy Medicine.

Fort Monroe/Coast Guard

Prior to his current assignment, he served as Senior Management Analyst, Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management, Fort Monroe. His primary duties involved contract review and oversight. He currently serves as Chief of Management, Planning and Analysis Division, Health Safety and Work-life Service Center, U.S. Coast Guard, Norfolk, Virginia. His major duties are to direct three administrative sections and provide oversight of the medical budget for 42 Coast Guard Clinics.


He is very community oriented and civic-minded. He currently serves as a member of the Portsmouth City Council, the Virginia Board of Veterans Services, Trustee Board Zion Baptist Church, Grand Master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club Board, Member of Emily N Spong Preschool PTA, Member of Hodges Manor Elementary School PTA, and Life Member NAACP. His previous service includes: Chairman of the Portsmouth Planning Commission, Chairman of the Portsmouth Democratic Committee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia Corporate Board, Municipal Finance Commission, Southeast Virginia Community Foundation Board, Craney Island Study Commission, Virginia Citizens Planning Association, Vice Chair Portsmouth Finance Committee, Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Founder and Past President of the Willow Breeze Community League, Vice Mayor, and Council Personnel Committee.


Currently, Vice Mayor Cherry is a Council liaison to the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority, Audit Committee, Chair of Personnel Committee, Alternate Member of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, Member of the National League of Cities and Member of the Virginia Municipal League.


He has received numerous Masonic, Military, and Civilian awards to include the Winston-Salem State University Clarence "Big House" Gaines Unsung Hero Award, the Flagship Military Magazine inaugural Still Serving Award, the Church and Community in Action Political Leadership Award, Zion Baptist State of the Church Community Leader of the Year Award, and  Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Excellence in Community Service Award. Although he is involved with many civic and community activities, his first priority is and always will be his family. He is married to the former Yvette A. Watkins. They have a daughter Phylysha, a 2014 honor Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.

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