RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall has resigned his job at the city, Mayor Dwight Jones confirmed on Monday.
"Mr. Marshall has served in the position of CAO longer than most would have had an opportunity to do so, as a result of my being elected to a second term," said Jones. "We are grateful to have had his service for more than five years, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. The city has benefited in many ways during his tenure."
Deputy CAO for Operations Chris Beschler will serve as interim CAO until the position is filled.
"Along with Chris, we have a capable team in place – many of whom have been with me since the beginning – and we are anticipating moving forward without interruption," said Jones.
Marshall had served in the position for more than five years, but his time had been marred by speculation of under the table deals and special treatment. Multiple high-up city officials hired by Marshall have been forced to leave over the past few years after allegations of wrongdoing.
Former Deputy CAO Carolyn Graham, who oversaw the troubled Department of Social Services, resigned after several investigations showed children were being left in dangerous situations to alter foster care numbers. Her number two, DSS head Gayle Turner, was also forced out. When Marshall negotiated DCAO of Finance Sharon Judkins' exit package, he faced accusations of special treatment, which resulted in an investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Marshall's exit comes as the mayor's plan to bring a new ballpark to Shockoe Bottom remains in limbo. Marshall has been involved in the negotiations of that plan, which would have been rejected by city council. It was the latest in public struggles between the administration and council.
It is too soon to tell how the departure will affect that deal, as well as other high profile projects.