City Names DCAO for Finance and Administration

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that Marcus D. Jones has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Finance and Administration. This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and the appointment will be effective as of August 24, 2009.

Marcus Jones, 41, will provide key financial oversight for over $1.4 billion in annual revenue collection and spending, and oversee the departments of Finance, Budget and Strategic Planning, Procurement, Information Technology, and the Office of Risk Management.

Marcus brings the kind of top-notch skills and 'can-do' attitude that Richmond needs. He is a highly-regarded individual with a depth of knowledge in Virginia state and local finances. This is a critical job in my administration, and I am delighted that Marcus will be part of my team,” stated Mayor Jones.

Marcus Jones is a native of Caroline County, Virginia, and spent over a decade in Richmond as Deputy Secretary of Finance for Governor Mark Warner, Assistant Secretary of Finance for Governor James Gilmore, and as a senior policy analyst at the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC). Currently, he is an assistant city manager in Norfolk. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from James Madison University, and a Master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Norfolk City Manager Regina Williams, herself a former deputy city manager in Richmond, expressed her feelings about the appointment. “I am happy for Marcus and for the City of Richmond. He has been an integral part of Norfolk’s executive team for the past five years. Marcus brings to the workplace professionalism, integrity, and a good sense of humor -- all needed in today’s challenging times. We will miss him tremendously.”

Former Virginia Secretaries of Finance added their praise: John Bennett (Secretary of Finance for Governor Mark Warner) said, “Marcus is an accomplished finance professional who is focused, organized and productive. He’s the kind of individual who can always be counted on to deliver, while also exhibiting the highest standards of personal integrity. Richmond is very fortunate to have attracted someone with his talent and commitment.”

Ron Tillett (Secretary of Finance for Governors George Allen and James Gilmore) said, “While serving as Deputy Secretary of Finance, Marcus was an invaluable asset to the Governor and my office. Marcus has one of the best minds in local government finance today and he will be a great addition to the Mayor's team."

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110