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Of Note

Congratulations Kenneth L. Chandler!

It was with sadness that we heard from Arlington County Deputy Manager Kenneth L. Chandler that he’d accepted a position outside Virginia as Dallas, TX Executive General Manager, for the office of economic development, project management. Ken, who for the last two decades has devoted his career to public service in Virginia local governments, moved his wife Regina, who had been working in GIS for the city of Alexandria, and their three young children, Kirsten, Gillian, and Nicholas. Before he got the offer he was telling us how his children were taking Spanish so being bilingual in a diverse environment like Dallas will mean they will fit right into school there. Ken and Regina are both Virginia natives, and many will remember them when they worked together in the city of Hopewell. Ken’s parents Evelyn D. and Lloyd Chandler live in Carrollton, where Mrs. Chandler is very active in civic and political events. Ken’s first post was as assistant to the county administrator in Isle of Wight County for Myles E. Standish. He subsequently worked in Hopewell, Petersburg, as Charles City County Administrator, as Richmond Public Utilities Director, and lastly, the most recent post where he was recruited two years ago as Arlington Deputy County Manager. Our best wishes go with Ken, Regina, Kirsten, Gillian, and Nicholas, and we hope to see them all back in Virginia one day soon! Hasta luego amigos!

To reach Ken Chandler:
Kenneth L. Chandler, Executive General Manager
Office of Economic Development, Project Management
1500 Marilla St., Rm. 2CN • Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670–1626 • kenneth.chandler AT dallascityhall.com


Gov. Tim Kaine released his economic development strategic plan at the annual conference of the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) in Roanoke in September. The plan focuses on strengthening and maintaining Virginia’s award winning business climate, while expanding opportunities for all Virginia’s regions and citizens. The plan also lays out an aggressive strategy for maximizing the impact of Virginia’s federal assets and research and development institutions on the economy. The Governor cited Virginia’s business friendliness and tax structure as key components for attracting and retaining businesses. Each Virginia Governor is required to establish an economic development strategic plan during the first year in office. For more information log onto www.commerce.virginia.gov or contact Governor Kaine at www.governor.virginia.gov.


Fairfax County officials have completed their pandemic influenza response plan that will supplement the county’s emergency operations plan and remain flexible as information is added or changed. County officials embarked on pandemic flu planning efforts in 2005. The plan encompasses a detailed summary of the county’s public health response, as well as its plan for the continuation of critical government services during a pandemic. For more information log onto www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/pandemicflu.

Cindy Messinger, the director of the Fairfax County Park Authority Resource Management Division has been elected to serve as president of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS) for 2007. She has made her career with the park authority beginning in 1979 as an intern. Over the past 26 years, she has served in a variety of roles including programmer, RECenter manager, Recreation Center Section Supervisor, and Business Office Manager. In 1999, she became a member of the agency’s leadership team with her appointment as park services division director overseeing the management and operation of the agency’s revenue facilities including lakefront parks, RECenters, golf courses, as well as the support areas of marketing and production related services. For more information about the VRPS log onto www.vrps.com.


Dan Campbell, formerly Galax City Manager, is the new Floyd County Administrator. For more information contact him at (540) 745–9300.


Front Royal Town Officials have announced that J. Michael Graham, most recently of near Atlanta, GA has been appointed Floyd Town Manager. According to the Warren Sentinel, 51–year–old Graham’s salary will start at $115,000, about $20,000 more than his predecessor, David Reynal. Graham has never had government management experience according to the Warren Sentinel, but has experience in the business world. For more information contact him at (540) 635– 8007.


Historic Garden Week from April 21—28, 2007 will be a special treat for this, the 74th Annual Historic Garden Week, and for the observation of the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown’s Founding. Four centuries of Virginia’s rich heritage will be highlighted during the week on more than 30 tours across the Commonwealth. Many of the private homes and gardens are open to the public for the first time. The events are sponsored by member clubs of The Garden Club of Virginia and the proceeds benefit the restoration of historic gardens and landscapes throughout Virginia. For more information or brochures, contact Suzanne Munson at (804) 644–7776 or gdnweek AT verizon.net or log onto www.VAGardenweek.org.


Former Greene County Administrator Julius Lee Morris, who was convicted of altering public documents, faces new felony charges and a $1.35 million lawsuit filed by a former employee according to the Daily Progress. Morris was formerly charged with two misdemeanor counts of altering public documents while he was still in office. He was accused of whiting out a county site plan on property he owned. He pled not guilty, but was convicted after a trial in July and fined $1,000. He has filed to appeal the conviction. Prosecutors charged him with felony counts stemming from the same incident. In October, a grand jury indicted him on the new charges. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $200,000 in fines. A former county employee has sued him claiming she was fired from her job as planning director for discovering “multiple, potential zoning violations by Mr. Morris in regards to his real property.”


Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation is one of 66 elite parks and recreation agencies in the country and the fourth in Virginia to have a national agency accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). Other Virginia localities to achieve accreditation are Arlington County, and the cities of Alexandria and Virginia Beach to complete the accreditation process in Virginia. For more information log onto www.herndon–va.gov or call Director of Parks and Recreation Art Anselene at (703) 787–7300.


Steve Herbert, most recently Suffolk City Manager, has been named Hopewell Interim City Manager in the wake of Alan Archer leaving to become Newport News Assistant City Manager. For more information call him at (804) 541–2243.


In Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. news, Lisa Marie Ashworth is the new Roanoke County Assistant Attorney. She was previously in a general practice firm in Hanover County.

Mark B. Taylor is the new Culpeper County Assistant Attorney. He has 17 years of local government attorney experience, the last six of which were as Spotsylvania County Attorney. He can be reached at (540) 727–3407 or mtaylor AT culpepepcounty.gov.

Jacob P. Stroman IV is the new Spotsylvania County Attorney. For the past few years, he has served as the Isle of Wight County Attorney, and before that as Gloucester County Attorney.

Joyce Coleman announced her retirement as Lynchburg Assistant City Attorney effective October, 2006. She served as assistant city attorney for her entire 18–year legal career. She plans to continue her public service by working part time as a guardian ad litem for incompetent adults and abused and neglected children.

Leonard A. Wallin II recently retired as Newport News Chief Deputy City Attorney with 28 years of credited service. He will continue to handle the school board’s legal work as a part time city attorney employee.

Joseph M. DuRant joined the Newport News City Attorney’s Office as a senior assistant city attorney in September. He worked in the Chesapeake City Attorney’s Office for the past seven years and was in practice for a number of years.

Former Prince William County Attorney Sharon Pandak has joined the newly formed law firm of Greehan Pandak & Stoner, PLLC in Woodbridge. She may be contacted at (703) 680–5543.

J. Patrick Taves, most recently Fairfax County Deputy Attorney retired in October and joined the firm of Greehan Pandak & Stoner PLLC.


Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens has been elected first vice president for the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association (VCAA). The organization of elected clerks and appointed deputy clerks promotes interaction and coordination of programs in Virginia, improved efficiency of services, standardization of procedures, education and training programs for clerks’ offices staffs and consultation with the General Assembly and state agencies. For more information contact Gary Clemens at (703) 777–0273 or gclemens AT loudoun.gov.


Virginia has been ranked first among the 50 states for the second year in a row for the number of historic districts the state has listed on the National Register of Historic Places during the federal fiscal year ending September 30th. Virginia ranked second in the nation overall for the combined number of historic districts and individual properties listed on the National Register. The program is administered by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in partnership with property owners and local communities. The 29 districts and 77 individual properties listed on the Virginia and National Registers play a vital role in the continued economic revitalization of many downtowns, commercial and residential neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. A National Register listing allows property owners to pursue federal rehabilitation tax credits to restore old buildings for income producing uses. When combined with state rehabilitation tax credits, that are more easily applied to non–income producing properties, property owners can leverage up to 45% of eligible expenses. There are more than 2,400 resources in the Commonwealth listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. For more information log onto www.dhr.virignia.gov.


Alan K. Archer, most recently Hopewell City Manager, is now the Newport News Assistant City Manager. He will focus on issues pertaining to human services related functions and will oversee the departments of juvenile services, libraries, and social services. He will earn a salary of $122,000. He fills the position most recently filled by now City Manager Randy W. Hildebrandt. Archer was Hopewell City Manager for two years and has 20 years of experience in local government. For more information contact Coordinator of Media Relations Kim Lee at (757) 926–3685 or klee AT nngov.com.


Northern Virginia Regional Commission Chair Barbara Favola has been appointed to a four–year term to the State Health Board by Gov. Tim Kaine. The board provides leadership in health planning and policy development for Virginia and the state Department of Health, and advises the Governor on health related issues. She has represented Arlington on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission since 1998 and was recently elected chair for one–year term. The commission participates in a wide variety of regional planning, coordination, policy analysis, and technical assistance activities in support of 14 Northern Virginia local governments.

Christopher Zimmerman, chair of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors was elected chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. He has served on the NVTA since its creation in 2002, including the past two years as vice chair. Martin E. Nohe of the Prince William Board of Supervisors is the new vice chair. He has represented Prince William County on NVTA for almost two years. David F. Snyder, a member of the Falls Church City Council, is the outgoing chair. The NVTA was created by the General Assembly to develop regional transportation priorities, and includes members from nine localities, and developed a regional transportation plan TransAction 2030. For more information about TransAction or the NVTA contact Director of Communications Barbara J. Gordon at bgordon AT novaregion.org or (703) 642–4635.


Tina Rowe, formerly the Pennington Gap Town Treasurer, is now the town manager. For more information call (276) 546–1177.


Michael P. Neuhard, formerly the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Chief, and the Fairfax County Fire Marshal, has been appointed Stafford County Deputy Administrator. He is a 29 year veteran of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and will be responsible for all of Stafford County’s community development related activities including planning, code, utilities, and transportation, and reports directly to the Stafford County Administrator Steve Crosby. For more information contact Michael Neuhard at (540) 658–8600.


Gov. Tim Kaine appointed David S. Ekern to serve as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). He is formerly of Eagle, Idaho, and is a transportation professional with senior level experience and a national reputation for innovation and planning. He has served as assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and as Idaho Transportation Department Director. For more information, log onto www.governor.virginia.gov.

VDOT Commissioner
David S. Ekern
PHOTO/ Commonwealth of Virginia


The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) will offer those under 18 years of age free admission in 2007. The VHS also features a free day to all visitors on Sundays to allow more families to take advantage of the galleries over the weekend. This is the 175th Anniversary of the Virginia Historical Society. Upcoming exhibits include: Pocahontas, February 10—June 24; Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, March 17—September 3; and Lee and Grant, October 13—March 31 2008. The Virginia Historical Society is the Commonwealth’s official history center. For more information log onto www.vahistorical.org.

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