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administrator can be hired.  For more information cal(276) 773-2471.

HANOVER COUNTY: In an anticipated move, Hanover Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Cecil “Rhu” Harris as Hanover County Administrator.  He had been the interim county administrator, and for some time prior to that, assistant county administrator serving with Richard Johnson as county administrator.  Richard Johnson retired in 2004.  For more information call (804) 365-6005.

LOUDOUN COUNTY: Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens announced that three deputy clerks have been certified as Circuit Court Deputy Clerks.  Sandra Shifflett, Gail Thornton, and Nancy Lambert were certified by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.  For more information log onto www.loudoun.gov/clerk. n Tom Maynard is the new director of the Loudoun Mental Health/ MentalRetardation/Substance Abuse Services.  He will also serve as the executive director of the Community Services Board, that oversees MH/MR/SAS.  He comes to the job from Chapel Hill, NC where he directed a similar program for 14 years. n Joseph E. Pozzo has been hired to be Loudoun County Chief of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management.  He served in the Hampton Roads area for 26 years in the same field, and was Portsmouth Chief of Fire and Rescue since 2002.  He began his career in Norfolk in 1978 where he was a field paramedic and training officer.  For more information call (703) 771-5086.

MANASSAS PARK: Manassas Park City Manager David Reynal has retired.  For more information call (703) 335-8813.

ORANGE COUNTY: After 31 candidates from six different states were considered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, they hired William C. “Bill” Rolfe.  His total compensation package is nearly $130,000, almost twice that of his immediate predecessor.  Hiring Rolfe, who is generally considered to be among the finest managers in the state, is an indication that the Orange County Board of Supervisors realizes the importance of hiring and retaining top professionals.  He had spent the last 17 years of his career in Bedford County, and had stints in other rural counties before that.  The local paper reported him as saying he was looking forward to getting into a smaller community again. Because of its strategic location between Lynchburg and Roanoke, Bedford is growing steadily from its more than 62,000 residents.  Orange County has about 28,000 residents.  For more information call (540) 672-3313.

PORTSMOUTH: John B. Maher,
a retired Navy fighter pilot, has been appointed to serve as the first Portsmouth Chief of Staff.  Interim City Manager Jim Oliver created the job.  He explained that the chief of staff’s responsibilities include updating technology, creating measurements to better gauge city operations, and working to make government more efficient.  This position is new to the region as well as the city.  Only Virginia Beach has a chief of staff as well.  For more information call (757) 393-8641.  

The Virginia State Police Aviation Unit received special recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  The Virginia unit earned a certificate of achievement for its performance in airborn law enforcement at the IACP’s annual conference in November.  For more information call Lt. Gary Payne at (804) 674-2186. VR    
Governor Mark Warner appointed former Delegate Robert Bloxom of Mappsville to be the new Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Products.  He is the first Cabinet Secretary in that secretariat.  
ALEXANDRIA: James K. Hartmann is the new Alexandria City Manager.  His most recent position was as Spartanburg County Manager, Spartanburg, SC.  He succeeds Phil Sunderland who retired.  For more information call (703) 838-4300.

BEDFORD: Bedford County Administrator William C. “Bill” Rolfe resigned to take the job as Orange County Administrator.  Kathleen Guzi, who is deputy administrator, has been named interim county administrator.  Bill Rolfe was Bedford County Administrator for 17 years. n Bedford County and Bedford City both celebrated the opening of their joint Bedford Area Welcome Center this past fall.  The facility features 10,700 square feet of exhibit, display, meeting, reception, and community space in addition to administrative offices.  This has been a long term effort by both the county and the city to provide a place for visitors and citizens alike to learn about the many points of interest and benefits offered in and around Bedford as well as a facility for use by community groups and businesses.  For more information call Tourism Director Nanci Drake at (540) 587-5681.

BOWLING GREEN: Glen A. Wood has been appointed Bowling Green Town Manager.  He is new to the local government profession, having come from a career in hospital administration.  For more information call (804) 633-5523.

FAIRFAX: Fairfax Assistant City Manager Vivian Baltz has retired.  

FAUQUIER COUNTY: Fauquier County Attorney Paul McCulla has switched jobs, and is now serving as Fauquier County Administrator.  He has a 15 year tenure with the county.  He succeeds G. Robert “Bob” Lee who took a position with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation as executive director.  For more information call (540) 347-8680.

GORDONSVILLE: Sabrina “Sam” Martyn, most recently Orange Town Administrator, has taken the position of Gordonsville Town Manager.  She had worked for the town of Orange for 15 years in many different jobs including secretary, town clerk, and zoning administrator before being appointed town manager in 2000.  Gordonsville is also in Orange County, so she brings regional experience with her to the job.  For more information call (540) 832-2233.

GRAYSON COUNTY: Grayson County Administrator Don Young, the longest serving administrator for a single county in Southwest Virginia retired after 32 years at the helm.  His successor has been short
John Bishop began in September, but is taking