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July 2, 2009


Portsmouth City Directors Announced

Portsmouth, VA (July 2, 2009) City Manager Kenneth L. Chandler has announced the selection of department directors for the Department of Marketing and Communications and the Department of Public Works. In addition, the former Director of Economic Development has been reassigned as the Director of Economic Recovery.

Director of Marketing and Communications
The new Director of Marketing and Communications, LaVoris A. Pace, has served as the Marketing Manager for the City of Portsmouth since January 2007. In this position, he has implemented the strategic marketing plan for Portsmouth and serves as the creative designer for major projects to include presentations, newsletters, and informational and promotional publications. He manages the City’s website and PCTV, the municipal access channel.

Pace has been employed with the City of Portsmouth at two times in his career. From April 1996 until April 2001, he was the Creative Services Administrator for Portsmouth. In this position, he created newsletters and brochures, and managed the municipal access channel. In addition, he designed the current logo system for the City of Portsmouth that is currently in use. He assisted with citizen-based surveys and with the city’s speaker’s bureau.

In between his two positions with the City of Portsmouth, Pace worked at Norfolk State University as the Director of Marketing where he provided primary leadership for creating and implementing the University’s marketing program. Among his major accomplishments, he designed and created an award-winning visual identity program and created the first Strategic Marketing Plan in conjunction with the University’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. Of his numerous awards, in 2005, Pace won an Excel Award for design and layout of the “Spartan
Connection” newsletter, and in 2002, he won a national gold award from the Admissions Marketing Report for the redesign of the logo and branding system.

From October 1990 until 1996, Pace was the Senior Computer Graphics Manager for the City of Norfolk. In this position, he used his graphics design skills to develop a wide variety of marketing, promotional, and presentation graphics for City departments. Also, Pace worked with Economic Development and the Industrial Development Authority on projects relative to quality of life promotions and business development and retention.

As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Mr. Pace will serve under the general direction of the City Manager and will prepare and disseminate information to the media and employees regarding policies, programs, and activities. In addition, he will coordinate public relations and marketing projects.

His professional memberships include the American Marketing Association, The American Advertising Federation, Public Relations Society of America, Graphic Arts Guild, and Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

Of his major accomplishments, Mr. Pace created and designed the LiveCom document that named Portsmouth as a finalist among the most livable communities in the world. In addition, he designed a promotional palm card featuring the 18th Annual Umoja Festival that was named the “best design” at the State Parks and Recreation Conference in September 2008.

Mr. Pace, a native of Smithfield, is a 1987 Norfolk State University graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design.

Director of Public Works
William Douglas Harvey, P.E. will join the city’s management team as the Director of Public Works. Harvey will direct the programs of the department, which include maintenance of storm drain lines, ditches and streets, mosquito control, and snow removal. In addition, the Public Works Department has been expanded to include the General Services operations of waste management, auto repair, and properties and facilities management, which Harvey will direct.

Harvey was the County Engineer for Goochland County and started in the position in 1989. In Goochland, he managed the engineering and construction of $63 million of utility lines and pump stations and negotiated contracts with Henrico County and the City of Richmond for water and sewer capacity. Additional major projects that he managed include the closing of the County Landfill and the construction of two convenience centers to handle the County’s trash. Also, he worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in the planning and implementing of VDOT’s six-year secondary road plan.

From 1987 until 1989, Harvey worked in the Henrico County Public Works Office as the Environmental Control Engineer. His duties included the enforcement of the erosion control laws and the inspection of all ongoing commercial and residential projects in Henrico. He also served as a Civil Engineer II from May until December of 1987 where he managed the design and construction of in-house drainage and road projects for Henrico County and reviewed the construction plans for subdivisions and Plans of Development.

Prior to his career in local government, from 1985 until 1987, Harvey was a Project Engineer for Draper Aden and Associates in Richmond. There he worked on the development and design of roads, water, sanitary, and storm systems, and 14 drainage projects in Henrico County.

In addition, Mr. Harvey has work experience with the Virginia State Water Control Board as a Pollution Control Engineer from 1979 until 1985. There he developed programs dealing with the management and implementation of Best Management Practice Plans designed to protect the water quality of Virginia’s waters.

Mr. Harvey, a Licensed Professional Engineer, received training through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Engineer-in-Training Program. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.

City Engineer Richard Hartman, who has been serving as the Interim Director of Public Works and Public Utilities, will continue as the Interim Director of Public Utilities until a candidate has been selected.

Director of Economic Recovery
Steven Lynch has been assigned to new duties as the Director of Economic Recovery. In this position, he will focus on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will serve under the general direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Manager of Business Development, Mallory Kahler, will serve as the Interim Director of Economic Development and a search will begin for a permanent Director on July 5th.