Christopher Dorsey began his tenure as Salem’s City Manager on January 8, 2024. One month earlier, Salem City Council unanimously approved his appointment to lead the city.
“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to be Salem’s new city manager,” Dorsey said. “I am aware that the city has a proven track record in the region and throughout the state and I feel very fortunate to have been selected for this position.”
Dorsey was picked from nearly 50 candidates, and he brings a wealth of local government experiences to Salem. He last served as the City Manager of East Ridge, Tennessee and prior to that he was the City Administrator in Sparta, Tennessee. He also was the Town Manager in Signal Mountain, Tennessee and a City Manager in Red Bank, Tennessee.
His background also includes public service in the financial world. He was the Budget Director for the office of management and budget for Pasco County, Florida. He also worked for 18 years in Memphis, Tennessee local government where he held several positions including Budget Manager for the city.
Dorsey achieved his Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. He holds a certification from the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service’s Local Government Leadership Program, and he is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO).
“We are thrilled to have Chris join our community to lead our city management team and our dedicated employees in the City of Salem,” Mayor Renee Turk said. “His extensive local government experience and strong financial background, along with his focus on communication and teamwork, make him the ideal fit for our city.”
Dorsey also attended the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) Municipal Management Academy and the Elected Officials Academy. He is a graduate of the Junior Chamber International’s EXCEL Program as a Certified National Trainer (CNT), which qualifies him to train in seminars and workshops across the country.
“Leading Virginia’s Championship City is an incredible honor, and I am looking forward to working with the mayor, city council, and our talented employees to keep Salem moving forward.” he said.