James City Board of Supervisors to appoint new county administrator

jojacobs@vagazette.com

The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint a new county administrator at its meeting Tuesday.

Eight months since the departure of former County Administrator Bryan Hill in January, the county is poised to have a new face assume the county’s top administrative post. Hill left James City to assume a similar post in Fairfax County. Bill Porter has served as the county’s interim administrator.

The identity of the new county administrator won’t be revealed until the meeting. The board has come to a consensus on which job candidate should get the nod and Tuesday’s vote will formally appoint the individual, Porter said.

The county administrator would assume his or her position Oct. 1 and would be paid a base salary of $180,000 and $7,500 as a vehicle allowance. The county would reimburse the county administrator for up to $15,000 in moving and traveling expenses incurred when they relocate to the county, according to the employment agreement.

At a retreat held in January, supervisors decided they wanted an applicant with at least five years experience in local government as well as advanced education in business or public administration. That meeting was followed by several closed sessions and public meetings on the subject.

Supervisors have also expressed interest in candidates who can serve as an effective face of the county to the public and has experience in a variety of locality settings, which would make the administrator better suited to handle James City’s mixture of rural and more developed communities.

The county enlisted the help of consulting firm Springsted Waters to find applicants for the position. The county had about 50 applications for the position in the run up to the start of interviews in mid-July, but declined to provide further details about the interview process. The county spent $26,150 to hire Springsted Waters.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the county government center, 101 Mounts Bay Road.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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