NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- We've learned that Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith has been promoted to the role of Deputy City Manager.

That's according to City Manager Marcus Jones.

On Dec. 1, Chief Goldsmith will oversee the police and fire departments as well as Emergency Operations and Neighborhood Development.

“Chief Goldsmith knows this city, cares deeply for it and understands the needs of its citizens,” said City Manager Marcus D. Jones. “He engages residents of all ages and has earned trusting relationships with them. In his new role, he will build upon his efforts and work collaboratively, thoughtfully and strategically, to make Norfolk a great place to live, work and thrive.”

Deputy Chief of Police Larry Boone will take on Goldsmith's role as the new Chief of Police on Dec. 1.

“I am thrilled to pass the baton to Deputy Chief Boone,” said Chief Michael Goldsmith. “We’ve been colleagues and friends throughout our 27 years in the Norfolk Police department. Not only has Deputy Chief Boone demonstrated operational excellence, he has grown the diversity of our force and developed strong community partnership and outreach programs.”

Goldsmith's leadership background spans over 27 years with the Norfolk Police Department. He's worked collaboratively to enhance the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods program and bolstered community-policing efforts.

He has developed numerous programs to increase officer interaction and engagement with Norfolk citizens of all ages.