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Bryan Elliott has been named assistant county executive for community services for Albemarle County. He succeeds Roxanne White following her retirement. Elliott has over 24 years experience in building, operating, and directing nonprofit agencies including 17 years as chief executive officer of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority. Prior to that post, he served in several positions at the Lynchburg Airport, including seven years as airport manager. For more information contact Diane B. Mullins in the county executive’s office at (434) 296-5841.


Thomas E. “Tom” Harris, most recently the Clifton Forge Town Manager and past contributor to the Virginia Review, is Amelia County Administrator as of June 18. He has been Clifton Forge Town Manager since 2003 where he helped local officials capitalize on small town charm and tourism attractions to build their commercial center. He has 30 years of local government management experience, having worked in numerous Virginia localities as manager including Dumfries, Northampton County, and King George County, as well as staff positions in Caroline and Henrico Counties. Norma Duty, who had been acting as interim county administrator was praised by the board and County Attorney Roger Wiley for the excellent job she did while the board conducted their job search. Norma Duty has worked for all six of Amelia’s former county administrators. Contact Tom Harris at (804) 561-3039.


Timothy J. Krawczel resigned his position as Cape Charles Town Manager in March after serving in that capacity for two hears. Bob Panek was named as acting town manager. He is a retired Navy budget director currently living in Cape Charles. For more information contact the town clerk’s office at (757) 331-3259.


William E. Harrell, most recently chief administrative officer in Richmond, is now the Chesapeake City Manager. He will oversee the day to day operations of Chesapeake, a city with 4,166 full and part time municipal employees with an annual budget of $862,594,393. Chesapeake’s population is 221,282. He has had a long and distinguished career in public service and Richmond’s loss is Chesapeake’s gain. For more information contact him at (757) 382-6166.


Timothy J. Krawczel, a 25–year veteran of working for local governments, is now working as the Colonial Beach Town Manager. He was last employed as Cape Charles Town Manager where he had been since 2005. He resigned in February. Colonial Beach officials stressed how important it was that he has a background in planning, finance, zoning, and administration. For more information contact him at (804) 224-7181.


Susan B. Williams is the new director of the Commission on Local Government. She most recently worked for DMV in the legal and regulatory affairs unit. From 1998 to 2003 she was director of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council in Williamsburg, VA. Before that, she was employed with the Virginia State Crime Commission for nine years, first as a legislative policy analyst, then as a staff attorney. She received her JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law. She has been a member of the Virginia Bar since 1997 and the Mississippi Bar since 2003. A native of Norfolk, VA, she and her husband reside in Hanover County. For more information contact her at (804) 371-7000.


Town Manager Brannon Godfrey announced the appointment of Police Chief Scott H. Barlow in March. He was selected following a nationwide search that began in October 2–6. He retired in April as a captain in the Newport News Police Department where he’d served since 1986. He started out there as a patrol officer. For more information contact him at (540) 829-8250 or www.Culpeper.to.


The Exmore Town Council named Herbert Gilsdorf town manager. He had most recently been Onley’s town administrator. Exmore is one of only two towns in Northampton County, and one of only a few that employ a chief executive. For more information contact him at (757) 442-3114.


Suzanne Goodman is the new Fredericksburg Chief Information Officer. The city’s IT department is growing and needs experienced leadership to guide it through the next few pivotal years. She was most recently Spotsylvania County Government Deputy Director of Information Services. For more information call (540) 372-1010.


Ed Daley, longtime Winchester City Manager, and past Virginia Local Government Association President, is the new Hopewell City Manager. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and earned a PhD in public administration. He had been in Winchester since 1986 where he was very active with local civic and cultural groups, in addition to being an active volunteer in the International City-County Management Association (ICMA). He is a past contributor to the Virginia Review and can be reached at (804) 541-2243.


Librarian of Virginia Nolan T. Yelich is retired as of June 30. He joined state service in 1968 as director of public services for the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. In 1973 he was hired by what was then called the Virginia State Library. He became state Librarian during the Allen Administration in 1995. In 1996 the Code of Virginia was changed and that gave the Library Board appointment authority for the state librarian. Then in 1998, legislation was enacted that changed the title of the state librarian to the librarian of Virginia. Over the years, he was director of administrative services, and when he was deputy director of the Library of Virginia he served twice as acting state librarian. On his watch, according to the Library of Virginia newsletter, “the Library has increased its support from both the public and private sectors. Yelich oversaw the construction of the $43 million Library of Virginia building at 800 East Broad Street and the move from the Library’s former home in Capitol Square to the Broad Street location. The new Library of Virginia facility opened to the public in January 1997. In 1999 the Library opened a new $8 million State Records Center in Henrico County. Both buildings continue to attract attention from other states seeking to build similar well designed facilities … the Library became one of metropolitan Richmond’s ten most visited attractions and an anchor for the revitalization of Broad Street.” In 2002, Yelich and the Library Board received the Virginia Coalition for Open Government’s Freedom of Information award for ensuring public access to the papers of former Governor Jim Gilmore. The Library of Virginia was founded in 1823 and serves as the reference and research library at the seat of government as well as the state archives. It houses 400 years of Virginia’s history and culture. For more information contact Jan Hathcock at the Library of Virginia, (804) 692-3592.


Loudoun County has become the first in Virginia with online business property reporting. Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz announced in March that business owners are now able to file their business tangible personal property tax declarations online as well as submit an electronic listing of all assets. This online service gives business owners another convenient way to comply with local tax regulations. For more information contact Bob Wertz at (703) 728-3610 or cor AT Loudoun.gov.


Merchants Walk at Zion Crossroads will become a new shopping, dining, office, and lodging destination for locals and visitors of Louisa County. The 119 acre project is planned to be an environmentally sound development through its use of sustainable design and building practices. At over one million square feet, Merchants Walk will include 650,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment uses. In addition, 225,000 square feet of office space is planned as well as 150,000 square feet for convention and hospitality services. For more information contact Renee Spurlin with communications 21 at (404) 814-1330.


Dan Collins, Martinsville native and city manager, resigned in March after he took a job working for VDOT in Salem, VA. He had been city manager since 2004. In his capacity at VDOT, he will serve as the top transportation official for Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig Counties by overseeing road maintenance and operations, land development programs, budgets, and business operations. He will also be the human resources manager for about 130 VDOT employees.


The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) issued a statement in March that 20 local governments have agreed to participate in a Northern Virginia Regional Water Supply Plan. This will be the first such plan in Northern Virginia. It will include information on water sources; water use; water resource conditions; projected water demand; water management actions; and an analysis of alternatives, drought and contingency plans in the event of water deficits. The plan, expected to be completed in 2011, will include water supply projections for the next 30 years. The plan was mandated by the General Assembly following the severe droughts in 1999-2002. Last May, the Northern Virginia Chief Administrative Officers Committee asked the NVRC to coordinate this regional initiative. For more information contact Barbara Gordon at NVRC, (703) 642-4635, NoVaRegion.org.

Signing a joint study on their region’s water supply in Northern Virginia are (back row, l to r), Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey Jr., Quantico Mayor Albert Gasser, Fairfax County Supervisor Penelope Gross, Falls Church City Councilmember Paul Smedberg, Northern Virginia Regional Commission Executive Director G. Mark Gibb, Prince William Supervisor Hilda Barg, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Sharon Bulova, Herndon Mayor Steve DeBenedittis, Delegate Vince Callahan, R-34th. Front row, (l to r) Manassas Vice Mayor Harry “Hal” Parrish II; NVRC Chair and Arlington Board of Supervisors Member Barbara Favola, and Clifton Mayor Tom Peterson.


Localities will now be eligible for more federal funds to lessen the impacts of future disasters thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) approval of Virginia’s newly enhanced mitigation plan. The approval increases funding for projects through the post disaster hazard mitigation grant program. Emergency managers use a standard mitigation plan to look at potential hazards throughout Virginia and devise ways of lessening their effects on private property and public infrastructure. The enhanced mitigation plan demonstrates the Commonwealth’s ability to effectively manage an increased number of projects and funds at the state level. Previously, when FEMA reimbursed the state for disaster response and recovery costs, Virginia was eligible for an amount of up to 15% of the total reimbursement for use on mitigation projects. With the enhanced mitigation plan, that figure will now be up to 20%. For more information contact Bob Spieldenner at (804) 897-6510 or pio AT vdem.Virginia.gov.


Governor Tim Kaine appointed Michael Royster, MD, MPH to the position of director of minority health and public health policy at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). A Fairfax native, he has been district health director for the Crater Health District based in Petersburg since 2002. He is a former fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health at Chapel Hill. According to Governor Kaine, “Minorities are disproportionately affected by certain cancers, stroke, and heart disease and Dr. Royster has worked throughout his career to address these issues. In his new role, Dr. Royster will help lead the effort to improve the state’s ability to address health disparities among minorities.” For more information contact VDH’s Diane Powers at (804) 864-7008 or www.vdh.state.va.us.


Virginians and visitors to our state are now the first in the nation to access virtual tours of state parks. In April, Governor Tim Kaine unveiled the first outdoor interactive kiosk at First Landing Park in Virginia Beach. The information stations were installed in May, making Virginia the first state in the country to use the technology statewide. The stations allow park visitors to access GPS based trail information, wildlife sporting guides, information on park amenities, printable guides and maps, program descriptions, schedules, and more. They will also provide interactive virtual tours of ever state park trail. More than 30,000 state park images are included in the programming, and approximately 500 miles of state parks trails have been mapped with global positioning coordinates. For more information contact DCR’s Gary Waugh at (804) 840-3927, or for more on Virginia State Parks call toll free (800) 933-PARK (7275), or visit www.dcr.Virginia.gov.

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