Following a unanimous vote of Suffolk City Council on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Patrick Roberts was offered the position of City Manager. Roberts took his Oath of Office for City Manager of the City of Suffolk on October 26, 2015. He had served as Deputy City Manager since June 2008 before assuming the Interim City Manager position in May of 2015.
Roberts previously worked for the City of Suffolk as Assistant Director in the Department of Planning and Community Development. Prior to that, he was Senior Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond, Virginia. In Richmond, Roberts also worked in various capacities from May 2000 to September 2007 in the Departments of Public Works, Community Development, City Manager’s Office, City Auditor’s Office and managed the Community Assisted Public Safety (CAPS) Program, a multi-agency anti-blight effort. He served on the Richmond Planning Commission, Port of Richmond Commission and was secretary to the Construction and Development Review Commission. Prior to working for Richmond he was manager with First Union National Bank in Glen Allen, Virginia.
The Portsmouth, Virginia native graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of Churchland High School and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice School. Mr. Roberts lives in the Bennett's Creek area of Suffolk with his wife, Kate, and their daughters Mary Kate and Virginia Claire.