Michael Goldsmith served as Chief of Police prior to his appointment as Deputy City Manager overseeing public safety and neighborhoods. Mr. Goldsmith began his public service career as a Norfolk Police Officer. Throughout his 27-year career with the Norfolk Police Department he expanded training and implemented national best practices in fair and impartial policing. He also spearheaded the development of the department’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and enriched the partnership with the Norfolk Community Services Board. Furthermore, Mr. Goldsmith worked collaboratively to enhance the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods program and bolstered community-policing efforts. Under his leadership, the Norfolk Police Department received its first national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Mr. Goldsmith serves on several regional and national law enforcement boards. In addition, he served as the law enforcement subject matter expert at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Urbanization Experiment at the NATO Defense College in Italy.
Mr. Goldsmith and his wife Karen have 3 children, Zach, Rachel and Ellie. Mr. Goldsmith loves to vacation at Walt Disney World and spends his free time reading.