It’s D-Day at City Hall for Byron Marshall. (see postings below for his bio and background)He spent the weekend in Richmond meeting with the city’s top brass. This morning he was introduced to a who’s who of the Richmond business community at the Suntrust Building. City Council meets tonight. I could get my first crack at Marshall this afternoon. Interviews with the media are coming. And, it appears papers will be introduced tonight naming Marshall as the Mayor’s choice. The new buzz at city hall today is interesting. The Mayor may use a little known tool in the city’s charter called “expedited consideration.” Which basically means Mayor Dwight Jones may call for a vote to confirm Marshall tonight. He needs six council members to vote for an expedited vote. Then he only needs five votes to confirm Marshall as the new Chief Administrative Officer. Which means we could have a new CAO by 11:00 tonight. Stay tuned!
**UPDATE** Marshall’s meeting with the business community has concluded. It was convened by Venture Richmond. In attendance?
The company heads of: Suntrust, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Hunton & Williams, Ukrops, Bon Secours, Altria, Capital One Financial, Federal Reserve, Dominion, Mead West VACO… 39 people in all were there.
**UPDATE #2**: Mayor Jones has named Marcus Jones as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Administration. This position reports directly to the CAO. Jones, 41, is a native of Caroline County, VA and spent over a decade in Richmond as Mark Warner’s Deputy Secretary of Finance. He’s currently an assistant City Manager in Norfolk. He graduated from James Madison University and VCU.
He begins on August 24th and “will provide key oversight for more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue collection and spending. He’ll be over the departments of Finance, Budget and Strategic Planning, Procurement, Information Technology and the Office of Risk Management.”