We must be as bold as to do something.

Today City Council will meet for our regularly scheduled workshop and then go into a special session called by the Mayor. The topic relates to last week’s vote on the Council’s raises for out appointed positions (the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Real-estate Assessor, and City Auditor).

My position remains unchanged.

The citizens of Virginia Beach have elected community-centered representatives in a wave of change. Slowly but surely, the way of doing things in local government is changing as messengers of the “regular” person are now taking a seat at the table.

The striking message of change echoes as proof that our City Council is ready for new perspectives. Now is the time to reflect upon the performance of our leadership from the top-down as inappropriate conduct can no longer be tolerated nor trusted to usher in a new era for our city. We must demonstrate the leadership that we were elected to demonstrate: to inspire faith that our city can be resilient with flooding mitigation, that our standard of living will not be diminished, residents will not be taxed out of their homes, innovative people will seek out our city, businesses can thrive and our diversity be celebrated.

We must be as bold as to do something. Virginia Beach needs a new City Manager.

Council has failed to hold our appointed City Manager to the minimum standards of personal conduct. Since being hired three years ago, our city has been headline news for intolerant and insensitive actions. We have a responsibility as a Council to seek an applicant who can better represent our city. Council must refresh its dedication to representing the people of Virginia Beach, and that begins with a new City Manager.

Those who take bold chances don’t think failure is the opposite of success – they believe complacency is.

Author: jessicapabbott

Jessica Abbott was born to two Gulf War Air Force veterans, is a small business owner and has been managing her family’s insurance business since 2008. She graduated from Kellam High School in 2007 and from the American College of Financial Services in 2015 with LUTCF and FSCP designations and is a FEMA-certified flood insurance agent. She has founded two nonprofit organizations for local women, one for teaching self-defense and the other as a networking group for other female entrepreneurs. She was elected to Virginia Beach City Council, and at 27, was the youngest-ever elected official in Virginia Beach and the first Millennial elected to public office in the area. She lives in Indian Lakes with her husband and two children. She serves on the Historic Kempsville CAC, the Elizabeth River Eastern Branch Board, the Process Improvements Board, Food Tuck Subcommittee, the Social Services Board and the Public Library Board. She justifies her votes on major issues on social media and helps keep citizens informed on her Council’s Facebook page https://business.facebook.com/jessicapabbottvb/.

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