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Louisa Fire Chief named as new county administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2011

Contact: Amanda L. Reidelbach

Phone: (540) 223-6929

Email: areidelbach@louisa.org

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Today, Louisa County Chairman Willie Gentry announced the appointment of Robert Dubé to the top executive position of County Administrator. The county conducted an executive search, attracting over 50 applicants. This appointment follows Dale Mullen’s return to the County Attorney’s Office.

“I am pleased that we are filling this vital position from within the county to direct the leadership team,” Gentry said. “Robert has demonstrated during his tenure as Fire Chief his ability to gain conscience among disparate groups, organize an effective operation and work under pressure, as seen during this past weekend’s forest fires.”

Dubé brings over 30 years of public-service experience to this position, primarily in fire and emergency management and has extensive experience in strategic planning, both long and short term, as well as comprehensive budgetary and personnel management expertise. Additionally, Dubé served as a planning commissioner for the Town of Leesburg from 2000-2004, where he gained knowledge of land use regulations. As County Administrator, Dubé will be the chief administrative officer of a county home to over 33,000 residents.

“I am both excited and honored to continue serving the citizens of Louisa County and look forward to working for the Board of Supervisors in the coming years,” said Dubé.  “I know my background and knowledge will allow me to serve the Board and the citizens by positioning our county to have in place quality opportunities for education, housing, employment and recreation in a community committed to public safety.”

Dubé came to Louisa in April 2008 as the county’s first career Fire Chief and has overseen the implementation of 24/7 fire and EMS coverage and the consolidation of the Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS. Dubé completed an update of the county’s emergency operating plan and has aggressively pursued grant funding, bringing in over one million dollars in the current fiscal year alone. Recently, Dubé was selected to receive the 2010 Governor’s award for excellence in fire service management.

Before moving to Louisa County, Dubé served as Deputy Fire Chief and emergency manager in Clearwater, Florida where he assisted in the coordination and operations of all department activities. Dubé retired from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 2004, after 28 years of service.  He began his fire service career in Loudoun County in 1974 as a volunteer and was a member of the Leesburg and Sterling VFD.

Dubé holds a Masters in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University, a BS in Public Safety, is an Executive Fire Officer and Certified Planning Commissioner and is active locally in the Louisa Lions club.

Dubé will assume the appointment as County Administrator March 1, 2011.

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