C. Earl Sorey, Jr., P.E., became Chesapeake's Director of Public Works on July 7, 2020, and will oversee the department responsible for a wide array of City services, including roadway maintenance, waste administration, facilities construction and maintenance, and other areas.
Sorey, a Chesapeake native, most recently served as Assistant Director of Public Works, a post he had held since 2013. He has previously served as Chesapeake's City Engineer and Traffic and Transportation Engineer. Sorey also served as City Traffic Engineer in the City of Portsmouth for nearly two years, and as an Engineer I/II in Virginia Beach for four years.
Sorey began his career as an Engineering Intern with the City of Chesapeake in 1988, before being hired by the City as a Traffic Engineering Technician I/II. In total, Sorey has almost 32 years of public service in the engineering field.
Sorey is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the G. Robert House, Jr. Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region Professional Manager of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association.