Portsmouth economic development director to return to Norfolk
Norfolk announced Monday that Charles E. “Chuck” Rigney has been named director of economic development.
Rigney worked for the city of Norfolk for 17 years before leaving in November to become Portsmouth’s director of economic development. Before that, Rigney was assistant economic development director. He was interim director from September 2011 to September 2013.
Rigney’s duties will include implementing Norfolk First, an initiative to capitalize on Norfolk’s “competitive advantage as the urban center of Hampton Roads,” a statement announcing Rigney’s appointment said.
Norfolk’s former economic development director, Steven J. Anderson, resigned in July 2014 under pressure.
Rigney is the fifth official to leave Portsmouth’s administration since February, according to the Virginian-Pilot, including City Manager John Rowe, City Attorney George Willson, CFO Carol Swindell and Police Chief Edward Hargis.