NORFOLK- Anthony Burfoot has officially taken the reins as Norfolk's City Treasurer. Burfoot, a long-time city councilman and vice-mayor, is the city's first African-American treasurer. Burfoot replaced Tom Moss Jr., who is retiring. Burfoot believes his election to the post shows the city is headed in the right direction. "Speaks volumes of where we are. We were able to win precincts in Oceanview, West Ghent and places like that so it really speaks to not so much race but qualifications," said Burfoot.
Burfoot represented Ward Three for 12 years and was the vice-mayor of Norfolk. The Virginian Pilot reports the City Council is expected to appoint a temporary replacement for Burfoot as the Ward 3 representative in January. In May, voters will elect permanent council member.
Meanwhile, Burfoot says working with Moss as a deputy treasurer has helped prepare him for the job. "We've departmentalized our office we have a business department, personal lines, real estate and collections department and we are in our infancy stages of implementing a fraud department."Burfoot says.