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Earl Sorey, P.E., Public Works Director
C. Earl Sorey, Jr., P.E., became Chesapeake's Director of Public Works on July 7, 2020, and will oversee the department responsible for a wide array of City services, including roadway maintenance, waste administration, facilities construction and maintenance, and other areas.
Sorey, a Chesapeake native, most recently served as Assistant Director of Public Works, a post he had held since 2013. He has previously served as Chesapeake’s City Engineer and Traffic & Transportation Engineer. Sorey also served as City Traffic Engineer in the City of Portsmouth for nearly two years, and as an Engineer I/II in Virginia Beach for four years.
Sorey began his career as an Engineering Intern with the City of Chesapeake in 1988, before being hired by the City as a Traffic Engineering Technician I/II. In total, Sorey has almost 32 years of public service in the engineering field.
Sorey is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the G. Robert House, Jr. Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region Professional Manager of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association.