Hamer, Spruill to depart Port City

Hamer, Spruill to depart Port City

By Derrick Perkins (File photo)

Planning Director Faroll Hamer, often the target of fierce criticism from residents during her tenure in Alexandria, is one of two high-ranking members of City Hall to announce plans to step aside in recent days.

Hamer, who joined the city in 2007, will retire this summer, officials confirmed last week. Her final day on the job is July 3.

“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this community, and to have participated with city staff, residents and businesses in the process of shaping our future,” said Hamer in a statement. “It has been a pleasure to work in a city where planning and design is understood and valued.”

The nature of Hamer’s position and the rapidly changing face of the city meant she often ran afoul of residents. She likely will be best remembered for successfully shepherding the controversial waterfront and Beauregard redevelopment plans through City Hall.

Officials expect to launch a nationwide search to find her replacement in the coming weeks.

Deputy Police Chief Cleveland Spruill also is departing Alexandria. Officials announced the longtime Port City lawman is headed to Huntersville, N.C., where he will serve as police chief beginning May 5.

Though he worked in the all of the department’s divisions, he most recently oversaw the investigations bureau. He has been a member of Alexandria’s thin blue line since 1987.

“Deputy Chief Spruill is a capable, talented and committed law enforcement professional. He will be an outstanding chief for Huntersville,” said city manager Rashad Young in a statement.