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BEDFORD: Charles Kolakowski is the new Bedford City Manager. He was most recently the Bridgeton, NJ City Administrator. A College of William and Mary graduate, he said he was glad to be back in Virginia. “Bedford is a great city and both my family and I are looking forward to moving to the city and becoming actively involved in the community. Bedford offers a high quality of life and has many features an manager would find attractive.” He has been a city administrator for 12 years, and comes to Bedford from a city that had 23,000 where he had significant success in recruiting new businesses, cleaning up blighted areas, and creating positive working relationships with citizens and staff. For more information call him at (540) 587-6001.
BLACKSBURG: Steve Ross is then new Blacksburg Deputy Town Manager. He comes from Largo, FL, and joins the restructured leadership team of Town Manager Marc Verniel. For more information call Steve Ross at (540) 961-1130.
BUENA VISTA: Buena Vista Manager Scott Dadson resigned in February effective in March in order to accept a post as Beafort, SC City Manager. For more information contact the city at (540) 261-8600.
COEBURN: Coeburn Town Manager Terry Gibson has retired after 30 years. He is a Virginia Local Government Management Association Support Coordinator. He is succeeded by Loretta M. Mays,
a local native and most recently district manager with the
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. She has also served as the first St. Paul Oxbow Center Executive Director, and as a Deputy Commissioner of Revenue for Wise County. For more information call her at (540) 395-3323.
COVINGTON: Former Bath County Administrator Claire Collins is now the Covington City Manager. She succeeds John Holpe who left that post to serve as Spring Hope, NC Town Manager. He had been in Covington for ten years. According to the local press, she will earn $94,000 a year. For more information call her at (540) 965-6300.
FIRST LADY: First Lady Anne Holton was honored by the YMCA of Richmond with her award as Outstanding Woman of the Year in the category of law. She was selected for her contributions as a judge in the Richmond Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court, where she sat on the bench for seven years before resigning to focus on her duties as the First Lady of Virginia. For more information contact Robin Winchell at (804) 225-4801.
JAMESTOWN 2007: Jane N. Smith, with over 25 years of experience in the private sector has been hired to be the Jamestown 2007 Host Committee Volunteer Coordinator. The committee is anticipating large groups of people will want to volunteer for the many opportunities that exist for the events in 2007 and those leading up to them. For more information contact Jody Puckett at (757) 253-6605.
KING GEORGE COUNTY: Theresa O’Quinn, formerly the Spotsylvania County Deputy Director of Utilities, has been hired to be the King George County Administrator. For more information call her at (540) 775-9181.

Sheryl D. Bailey
VRA Executive Director

VRA: Sheryl D. Bailey, PhD has been appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve as the Virginia Resources Authority Director. She was most recently the Deputy Secretary of Administration, and has over 15 years experience in government finance and administration, including directing financial policy and planning for Hampton and Norfolk. For more information call Trisha Henshaw at (804) 644-3100.

VDACS: Alan Rogers has been named to the post of program manager for the office of consumer affairs for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). He succeeds Frank McCormick in the position. Rogers has worked at VDACS since 1978, and has served as field inspector, regional manager, and most recently, program manager for the office of product and industry standards. For more information call Marion Horseley at (804) 225-3820. VR