New Deputy City Manager Named
City Manager James E. Baker has announced the appointment of Laura Fitzpatrick as a new Deputy City Manager for the City of Chesapeake. Fitzpatrick most recently served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Hampton and will begin work in Chesapeake on December 11. She will receive a salary of $151,500.
Fitzpatrick joins current Deputy City Managers, Dr. Wanda Barnard-Bailey and Robert Geis, and will be working closely with the leadership team on a variety of City initiatives and programs, in addition to sharing responsibility for departmental oversight.
“In filling this third Deputy position, we looked for someone with both a strong understanding of local government and the ability to work well across the many constituencies, internally and externally, which we serve,” said Baker. “Laura Fitzpatrick fit those criteria admirably. I am confident that her experience, particularly here in the Hampton Roads region, will serve her and the citizens of Chesapeake well as she takes on this new challenge.”
Prior to coming to the City of Hampton, Fitzpatrick served as Assistant City Manager in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Deputy City Manager in Manassas Park, Virginia, and Assistant to the City Manager in Troy, Michigan.
“I take a very service-based approach to my work and believe that service at all levels is at the heart of local government,” said Fitzpatrick. “The work we do in city government is important because it impacts how citizens feel about where they live and work. The City of Chesapeake has an outstanding reputation for serving both its citizens and its employees, and I look forward to fostering that spirit as I join the team.”
During her three years in the City of Hampton, Fitzpatrick worked with the departments of Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, and Fleet, along with the 311 Citizen Contact Center.
Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a focus in Human Resources from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in local government from the University of Kansas. She has been a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association since 2011, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership-ICMA.