Acting City of Portsmouth deputy manager, ex-director of economic development quits, city says – The Virginian-Pilot

PORTSMOUTH — The city’s acting deputy manager Robert Moore, who previously headed the city’s economic development department, resigned on Wednesday, Portsmouth spokeswoman Dana Woodson said.

Woodson said Moore’s resignation was effective immediately and the city “wishes him well in his future endeavours.” The reason for his resignation is not yet known.

Moore could not immediately be reached for comment, and acting City Manager Mimi Terry did not return requests for comment.

Moore began his tenure with the city in September 2016 and took over as director of economic development for Portsmouth in 2017 following the departure of Mallory Butler. Prior to that, Moore was a planner in Suffolk and served as director of business development at Chesapeake.

Moore has also served as Director of Community Development for Portsmouth Housing Authority.

He was promoted to acting Deputy City Manager in August 2021, with Brian Donahue currently serving as Acting Director of Economic Development. Moore earned a salary of $170,500.

His resignation follows a tumultuous few weeks at Portsmouth Town Hall, starting with a contentious 4-3 vote last week to abruptly end City Manager Angel Jones. Earlier this week, Councilman Chris Woodard – one of four who voted to oust Jones – changed course and sided with Mayor Shannon Glover and council members Bill Moody and Lisa Lucas-Burke to kill a vote that would have named ex-police chief Tonya Chapman as Jones’ replacement.

The vote to fire Jones and replace her with Chapman was led by board member Mark Whitaker.

Natalie Anderson, natalie.anderson@virginiamedia.com757-732-1133.