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Apr 07

Newport News Welcomes Two New Directors

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 8:31 AM by Communications Department

Waterworks and Finance are under new leadership

Louis Martinez is the new Director of Waterworks for the City of Newport News. He began in this position on April 1, 2017, with an annual salary of $154,000.Martinez, Louis_SC Martinez oversees a nearly $89 million operating budget and a staff of more than 350.

Mr. Martinez brings over 19 years of progressively responsible experience in municipal utilities and most recently served as the Director of Operations and Maintenance for the City of Lake Havasu, AZ. Previously he worked for the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in such roles as Infrastructure Senior Asset Manager and Assistant Wastewater Utility Division Manager. He has worked closely with several regulatory agencies serving as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Coal Surface Mining Commission, as well as the Oil and Gas Commission. Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology with minors in Chemistry, Math and Physics from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s degree in Water Resources also from the University of New Mexico.

 Newport News Waterworks is a regional water provider owned and operated by the City of Newport News that serves over 400,000 customers in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County and part of James City County.



sgoodwin_SCSusan Goodwin has begun a new role with the City of Newport News as the Director of Finance effective April 1st. She had been serving as Financial Services Administrator in the Department of Engineering for the past 11 years, and takes over as Finance Director following the retirement of Tom Mitchell. Ms. Goodwin was selected following an internal recruitment process and will have an annual salary of $131,000, overseeing a staff of 46 and a budget of $5.9 million.

Ms. Goodwin brings over 20 years of progressively responsible financial and project management experience in both private industry and in public service. Before coming to the City of Newport News in 2005, she worked for Goodman & Company and as Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Suffolk. Ms. Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Christopher Newport University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

As Finance Director, Ms. Goodwin is responsible for all functions within the department including Finance Administration (accounting, accounts payable, retirement, and payroll); Purchasing, (procurement, warehouse, print shop, and mailroom); and Risk Management (the City’s self-insurance fund for vehicles and property).

As Finance Director, Ms. Goodwin is responsible for all functions within the department including Finance Administration (accounting, accounts payable, retirement, and payroll); Purchasing (procurement, warehouse, print shop, and mailroom); and Risk Management (the city’s self-insurance fund for vehicles and property).