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Early Childhood Development Commission

To ensure that every child in the City of Suffolk develops to his/her fullest potential socially, physically, emotionally and cognitively.


  • Karen Gunter, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Tamie Rittenhouse, Pediatric Medical Services
  • Marie K. Baker, Specialist in Child Development
  • Virginia Staylor, Obici Representative
  • Jacqueline Colander Chavis, Superintendent's Designee
  • Gail Harrison, at-large Representative
  • Dorothy Gamble, at-large Representative
  • Lori White, Obici Representative
  • Bonnie Maki , at-large Representative
  • Joice Whitehorn, staff Representative
  • Lakita Watson, Child Care Representative


Brenda M. O'Donnell, Early Childhood Development Coordinator
(757) 514- 7457

Fine Arts Commission

To act in an advisory capacity to City Council on matters relating to cultural activities and to the fine arts, and as an advisory board to museums in the City.


  • Lynn Cross
  • Beatrice Reeves
  • Katie A. Stallings
  • Vacant
  • Barbara Warren Jones
  • John Taylor
  • Susan Blair
  • Linda Gerek

Tameka Dillard, Recreation Manager
(757) 514-7256

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC)

Formed in 1990 by the merger of the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission and the Peninsula Planning District Commission; includes the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, York and Gloucester, with a combined population of 1.5 million residents. HRPDC staff gathers and interprets data about the Hampton Roads area regarding transportation, environmental, physical planning and economic issues for the municipalities it serves.


  • Linda Johnson
  • Patrick Roberts


Historic Landmarks Commission

Review board for the historic and cultural conservation districts of the City.


  • Randy Hicks, Chairman
  • Isaac Baker
  • Merritt Draper
  • Vivan Turner
  • Oliver Kermit Hobbs
  • Edward Lee King
  • Susan M. Coley
  • Mitchell Boyette
  • Amy Elliott

Robert Goumas, Secretary/Assistant Director of Planning
Shanda Davenport, Principal Planner
Jillian Scott, Office Assistant II
(757) 514-4060

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

Solicits citizens' ideas throughout the City on what new activities, facilities and/or programs citizens would like to see undertaken by the City in the area of parks and recreation.


  • Ira Steingold
  • Ivery Knight
  • Judson West
  • Anthony Sandifer
  • Henry Buck, Jr.
  • Darrell Davis
  • Jean Carmean
  • Wayne Q. White

Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department

Lakita Watson, Director, Parks and Recreation
(757) 514-7250

Planning Commission

The City's Planning Commission is a State mandated body whose primary goal is to promote the orderly development of the City. The Commission serves primarily in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Typical functions include the preparation of a comprehensive plan for City Council consideration, making recommendations on rezoning and conditional use permit applications and approval of subdivision plats.


  • James Vacalis
  • Anita Hicks
  • Mills Staylor
  • Arthur L. Singleton
  • Johnnie Edwards
  • James R. Rountree
  • John Rector
  • Howard C. Benton

Suffolk Planning Department

Scott Mills, Director of Planning and Community Development
(757) 514-4070

Sister Cities Commission

To serve as the City's link through which to coordinate cultural exchanges.


  • Mary Jane Naismith
  • Dorothy Brinkley
  • Monette Robinson Harrell
  • Constance E. Jones
  • Sharon Harris
  • Mary Anne Persons
  • Susan Blair
  • Pat Iannetta

Sister Cities Commission

Katie Kelley, Tourism Development Specialist
(757) 514-4131

Suffolk Clean Community Commission

To promote public interest in the general improvement of the environment; to initiate, plan and coordinate programs for litter control; and to encourage the placing, planting and/or preservation of trees, flowers, plants, shrubs and other objects of ornamentation.


  • David McMillan
  • Susan P. Davis
  • Oulaniece Saunders
  • Patrick Hillard
  • Margaret Jones
  • Evelyn Ledbetter
  • Carolyn Butler
  • W. Michael Lane
  • Hugh R. Cross
  • Kathy Lang Russell
  • Margaret LaRocca
  • LaTroy Brinkley

Alacia Nixson, Litter Control Coordinator, (757) 514-7604

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