Shurl Montgomery earned a BS from Fairmont State University and an MA from Brigham Young University, graduating magna cum laude. Montgomery was a Norfolk Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2004 and was a Norfolk Director of Parks and Recreation from 1980 to 1990. Montgomery also served as CEO of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority from 2004 to 2015. He is a Vietnam War Army veteran. Montgomery has served on several boards including the Salvation Army Regional Advisory Board at the Kroc Center in Norfolk and the Downtown Norfolk Council. He is also the former Board Vice Chair of the Old Dominion University Community Development Corporation. After he retired from The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Montgomery was inducted into the Virginia Housing Hall of Fame by the Virginia Housing Alliance [2, 4].
Montgomery wants to increase funding of public safety employees, ensure appropriate training of these employees, improve technology, rebuild community trust in law enforcement, develop innovative strategies to fight crime, invest in the “A Safe City” program, and seek community input on all of these things [1, 4].
To combat worsening coastal flooding, Montgomery wants the city to review the flood insurance program (NFIP), examine and assure proper use of federal funding, examine and identify rain impacts on Norfolk streets, initiate a “Hurricane Ready Norfolk” program, and institute a Flood Awareness Program [1, 4].
Montgomery wants to fill the 800 vacant jobs in the Norfolk city government. He supports the city government doing everything possible to fill these jobs, especially the 200 police force vacancies .
Montgomery supports the revision of the City of Norfolk tax structure in order to reduce taxes. To do this, he wants the city to test the tax structure, review investments, control contracts and provisions, review tax base growth and decline, review real estate values, check for inequality in formulas, and seek more public input on taxes & tax rates .
To make housing more affordable in Norfolk, Montgomery wants the local government to formulate a researched and resident-approved comprehensive City-wide housing plan, review housing funding programs, review the 2016 housing recommendations, create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and review current provisions for short-term rentals (STRs) .
Montgomery supports reopening all City-owned facilities to return to normalcy, such as city hall offices, libraries, and public recreation centers .
Montgomery supports building more public infrastructure. He believes the City of Norfolk must look at neighborhoods and identify the needs of its population, such as schools, transportation, and other city services .
Randy Wright, former City Council member