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September 10, 2009

Contact: Dana Woodson - 757.393.8641


Portsmouth Announces New Deputy City Manager

Portsmouth, VA -- Portsmouth City Manager Kenneth L. Chandler announces the selection of J. Brannon Godfrey, Jr. as Deputy City Manager. Godfrey will begin in this position on September 16th and will lead the human services departments of Behavioral Healthcare Services, Health, Libraries, Museums, Parks and Recreation, and Social Services.

“I am looking forward to working with the departments that provide the human services to the citizens of Portsmouth. I am excited about helping our departments meet the quality of life needs of the residents,” said Godfrey.

A credentialed manager through the International City Manager Association (ICMA), for the last 14 years, Godfrey has worked in executive level management in Virginia local government. Most recently he served as the City Manager for the City of Winchester from January 2008 until June 2009. During his tenure, Godfrey established a staff “Green Team” to implement energy savings in addition to initiating a graffiti abatement incentive program and vacant building rehabilitation incentive program.

From August 2001 until December 2007, Godfrey served as the Town Manager of Culpeper. Of his accomplishments, through a steering committee, he developed supervisory and customer service training curriculum that received the 2006 VML President’s Award for Entrepreneurial Government. Under his direction, Culpeper successfully utilized $400,000 in federal grant funds to renovate the freight area of a train depot into a conference center and received the award of a $1 million three-phase Streetscapes and Entryways grant.

From July 1995 through July 2001, Godfrey was the City Manager for the City of Emporia. There he administered the construction of a new Fire Station and $2.5 million in sanitary sewer improvements. In addition, he led a comprehensive revision to the Personnel Policy and instituted performance measurement focus in budget development at the department level.

Prior to his work in Virginia local government, Godfrey served as the Town Manager for Brandon, Vermont from July 1992 to July 1995 and as the Assistant to the City Manager for Goldsboro, North Carolina from August 1989 though June 1992.

Godfrey is a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1990.

Of his professional designations, Godfrey is a 2000 graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the UVA - Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. In the community, he is active in The Gideons International and Kiwanis and currently serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Godfrey and his wife Leslie, who is a Newport News native, are the parents of two sons Collier, 15, and Harrison, 12.

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