Marcus Jones' appointment to the role of city manager for the city of Norfolk is bittersweet for me. When I recruited Marcus to Richmond, I knew what a great talent we were bringing to our city. The work that he has done over the past 16 months has met or surpassed every expectation that I had. Marcus has the ability to build organizations and get the best performance from his staff. In the area of finance, he was able to curtail the use of costly consultants and restructure operations with city employees. Under his leadership, staff implemented programs that have resulted in significant budget savings. Marcus is a unique talent and it would be natural for my good friend, Mayor Paul Fraim, to lure him back. This is clearly an important move for Marcus' career, and he deserves this opportunity to ascend to the city manager role. I know that it was a difficult decision for him to make, as he has been a key member of my leadership team and we've all established strong working relationships with one another. However, it would be selfish of us to try to hold him back. We will deeply miss him as a part of our inside team but we will be rooting for his every success and even bigger accomplishments going forward.