Rob Coleman

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Rob Coleman graduated from the National Criminal Justice Command College at the University of Virginia, the Hampton Roads Regional Criminal Justice Academy, and The Leadership Institute of The College of William and Mary [2]. Coleman is a former Deputy Sheriff and Major for the Newport News Sheriff’s Department, serving in law enforcement from 1996 to 2021. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula [1]. In 2012 Coleman helped to implement the Jail/Records Management System in Newport News [3]. In 2020 he was chosen as the Virginia Boys and Girls Club Alliance’s New Board Member of the Year [4]. Coleman’s community service work includes serving as the President of the Newport News Police Foundation, being on the Board of Directors for the Civil Leadership Institute and Alternatives, Inc. [2] and the Civic Leadership Institute, serving as Commissioner on the Peninsula Airport Commission [1], and being a volunteer and former board chairman of Habitat for Humanity [5].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Coleman seeks to improve safety in schools. He proposes for all early development and elementary schools to have a law enforcement professional act as a Resource Officer. He also seeks to staff all schools with Family Engagement Specialists and Mental Health Counselors, which he believes will reduce disruptive incidents in schools [1].


Coleman wants to increase amenities in Newport News. He seeks to work with City Center, Port Warwick, and Tech Center to develop an entertainment district within the Central District. He also plans to invest in sports complexes, such as expanding Riverview Farm Park [1].


Coleman supports increased investments in safety and schools in an organic manner, not using tax increases. He wants to attract new businesses to Newport News to reduce taxes on citizens. He also believes greater investment in schools will reduce spending on public safety, which can be reinvested in other community services [1, 3]. 


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1 Rob Coleman for Newport News City Council
2 The Bulletin Post
3 Daily Press
4 Bag Club
5 Newport News Now