New Deputy City Manager for Community Development appointed in Chesapeake


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake city manager Chris Price has appointed a deputy city manager for community development.

Brian Solis will be a member of the city’s leadership team.

He will oversee the city’s community development services, including economic development, planning, development and licensing, as well as parks, recreation and tourism.

Solis will begin Nov. 22 with a salary of $ 167,000 per year.

Solis is returning to the city, having served as both a current planner and a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Planner with the city. He worked in Chesapeake from 1995 to 1999.

He has spent the past 22 years in various roles with the City of Virginia Beach including as Assistant to the General Manager for Special Projects, Director of the Resort Management Office, acting roles as Director of the Zones Office. Strategic Growth Manager and Co-Director of Parks and Recreation as well as Director of Transportation Planning and Administrator of Planning, Design and Development.

“Community development and the creation of places are key elements of city council’s vision and strategic plan for Chesapeake,” said Price. “Brian will bring tremendous value to our community development initiatives and his leadership will serve our city well as we continue to grow and prosper. I am extremely happy that he is joining our exceptional management team and I have no doubts that he will help us continue to make Chesapeake a great place to live, learn, work, cultivate and play.

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Solis holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Geography with a specialization in Urban and Regional Planning from Old Dominion University.

It is also :

  • Graduated from the LEAD program at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
  • Certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Accredited as a Green Associate of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council

“Chesapeake has always been a leader in developing and promoting strong communities of all sizes and types,” said Solis. “The opportunity to add my experience, which began right here in this city, to the dynamic and forward-looking work already underway was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up. As the City approaches its 60th anniversary, I look forward to supporting efforts to create even more authentic places for our residents and guests to have meaningful experiences. Because at the end of the day, those experiences are what we remember and cherish most in the places we live, work and visit.

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Norma P. Rex